Trump doubled support among LGBTQ+ community in election, poll says

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Donald Trump reportedly doubled his support in one surprising demographic during his failed attempt at winning a second term as president of the U.S. earlier this month.

According to Pink News, the number of LGBTQ+ people who voted for Trump, the Republican candidate, was double the number who voted for him four years earlier, based on exit polls conducted by Edison Research for the National Election Pool. The study suggested 28% of LGBTQ+ people voted for Trump, compared to 14% in 2016.

Those numbers, however, pale in comparison to the LGBTQ+ people who voted for the Democratic candidate, Joe Biden. The poll says 61% of LGBTQ+ voters tabbed Biden as their choice for president.

In September, a survey of 1,200 gay male Americans found that 45% planned to vote for Trump, despite the belief that Republican politics are staunchly anti-LGBTQ+. The same poll had support for Biden at 51%.

Another poll, done by gay dating app Hornet, revealed that 66% of LGBTQ+ voters preferred Biden while 34% backed Trump.

Most gay voters in the U.S. have traditionally voted Democrat.