Asheville, North Carolina, USA – April 2, 2016: An activist holds a sign at a HB2 protest rally of a law that takes away the rights of the LGBTQ community.Photo: Shutterstock
A post-election poll commissioned by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) found that 83 percent of LGBTQ voters supported eventual winner Joe Biden, which is slightly higher than GLAAD’s determination of 81 percent, and much higher than the 73 percent that AP VoteCast determined or the 63 percent that a New York Times-supported exit survey determined.
According to HRC’s poll, 37 percent of voters prioritized LGBTQ rights and equality when making decisions at the ballot box. That is up from 29 percent, from the number determined in a poll taken after the 2018 midterm elections.
“Over the last three elections, the share of LGBTQ voters and Equality Voters has continued to increase, solidifying our community and our allies as a key rising constituency that can make or break a politician’s success. Our issues matter, our votes matter and politicians around the country have taken notice,” HRC President Alphonso David stated in the announcement.
The polling was conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, with a margin of error of +/- 2.83 percent. It included 1,400 general election voters, meaning that approximately 518 voters signaled that they are “equality voters,” or voters who choose how to cast their ballot based on their support for equality for immigrants, people of color, and LGBTQ people.
In relaying the results, the HRC further criticized the Edison exit survey that determined that Trump increased his support among LGBTQ voters. “This finding is implausible,” they write, giving as an example that “in the Edison poll, New York is only marked as having 4% LGBTQ voters, a number that is highly doubtful.”
Amongst equality voters, 79 percent supported Joe Biden in the Presidential election. Only 19 percent supported President Trump.
“Despite some reports, LGBTQ voters did not waver in their opposition to Trump,” said the HRC.
The HRC poll also found an increase in support for the Equality Act.
“Despite what anti-equality forces would like us to believe, voters are not energized by hatred. They’re energized by inclusiveness,” David told The 19th, which first published the poll’s findings, “they’re energized by equality. They’re energized by people who will be standing up for all of us, not just some of us.”
“The majority of people support equality.”