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Half of LGBTQ Americans feel things have gotten worse: YouGov poll

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Half of LGBTQ Americans feel things have gotten worse: YouGov poll

More than half of LGBTQ Americans believe that things have gotten worse for the community under the Trump administration.

Moreover, as noted in a poll by The Economist and YouGov, many LGBTQ in the US don’t see that President Donald Trump cares about them.

LGBTQ Americans feel things have gotten worse

The Economist and YouGov conducted a survey of 2,989 US adults, of which 289 identified as LGBTQ. The poll was conducted online between May 31 and June 9, 2020.

First, a third of American adults or 34 percent believe things have gotten worse for gays and lesbians under the Trump administration.

Second, LGBTQ Americans are more likely to say that things have gotten worse for them since Trump took office, or 59 percent.

In comparison, around 31 percent of LGBTQ people say things have stayed the same since 2017. Around 10 percent say things have improved for the community.

Transgender Americans under the Trump administration

Most LGBTQ people believe that things have gotten worse for transgender Americans under Trump, or around 65 percent.

However, only 36 percent of US adults overall feel the same way about transgender people. Moreover, over half of them or 53 percent say things have stayed the same for this group.

Interesting enough, among US adults who personally know a transgender person, 51 percent say that things have gotten worse for them.

Of this same group, 36 percent say things have stayed the same while 11 percent say things have gotten better for transgender Americans.

Political divide on the matter of the LGBTQ people

For those who identify as Republicans, 64 percent believe things have stayed roughly the same for gays and lesbians in America under Trump.

Moreover, 29 percent think things have improved while fewer than one in 10 Republicans say things have gotten worse for gays and lesbians (7 percent) or transgender people (8 percent) since January 2017.

Not surprisingly, around three-quarters of them or 74 percent think things have stayed the same for transgender people under Trump.

Likewise, about 18 percent of Republicans who were surveyed think things have improved.

How LGBTQ Americans will vote the coming elections

In the same poll by The Economist and YouGov but this time assessing presumed presidential candidates, LGBTQ Americans side more with former Vice President Joe Biden as compared to Trump.

That is, around 18 percent of LGBTQ people say they feel that Trump somewhat cares or cares a lot about gay, lesbian, and transgender people– versus 60 percent for Biden.

Overall, about half or 53 percent of US adults feel that Biden at least somewhat cares about LGBTQ people as compared to 37 percent who feel the same way about Trump.

About 39 percent of US adults believe that Trump does not care at all about the needs and problems of gay, lesbian, and transgender people in the US versus 20 percent who think the same way with Biden.

Republicans and Democrats on Trump and the LGBTQ people

Lastly, more than two-thirds or 69 percent of Republicans believe that Trump cares a lot or somewhat cares about the LGBTQ people.

This is in comparison to just 13 percent of Democrats who agree that Trump cares for the LGBTQ community.

Meanwhile, 79 percent of Democrats believe Biden cares about the needs of lesbian, gay, and transgender people.

However, 37 percent of Republicans agree to that.


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