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What Exit Polls Say About LGBT Voters, Equality

What Exit Polls Say About LGBT Voters, Equality


In 2014, marriage equality is even less of a wedge issue.

UPDATE, 6:07 p.m. PST: According to the New York Times'exit poll, 78 percent of voters who identified as gay, lesbian, or bisexual said they voted Democrat in this election, and 21 percent voted for Republicans. Among voters who did not identify as LGB, the split leaned Republican, with 51 percent reporting that they voted GOP.

Voters who cast ballots this year are more likely to support marriage equality than they did four years ago, according to an NBC exit poll.

In the 2010 midterm election, when Republicans regained control of Congress, 41 percent of voters said they supported marriage equality, and 53 percent said they opposed. This year, 49 percent of voters say they support marriage and 48 percent oppose, according to exit polling reported on MSNBC.

The numbers have improved in all age demographics, with 66 percent of people under 30 supporting marriage (up from 52 points four years ago). Half of voters ages 30-64 support marriage, which is up 8 points. Then for those 65 and older, 38 percent approve of marriage equality, up from 29 percent four years ago.

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