Report says one-fifth of LGBTQ voters aren’t registered for 2020

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LOS ANGELES — The Williams Institute released a poll this month showing 9 million LGBTQ voters are registered to vote, leaving one-fifth of LGBTQ adult still unregistered.

The poll also found that just over half, 51%, consider themselves Democrats and 22% are independent. Just 15% consider themselves Republicans.

LGBTQ are more likely than non-LGBTQ voters to support a seasoned politician and more likely to support a black, Latinx or LGBTQ candidate.

“LGBT voters differ from non-LGBT voters in several ways. For example, they are more likely to be young, male, and live in urban areas,” said study author Christy Mallory, state and local policy Director at the Williams Institute. “LGBT voters are also more likely to identify with the Democratic Party. Over four million LGBT Democrats are eligible to vote in the primaries next year.”

Other findings include:

  • Half of LGBT voters (51%) said that they were more likely to support “a career politician who knows his or her way around the political process,” compared to 40% of non-LGBT voters.
  • About a third of LGBT voters said they were more likely to support a candidate because the candidate was black or Latino/a (34% and 35%, respectively). By comparison, 21% of non-LGBT voters said they were more likely to support a black candidate and 16% said they were more likely to support a Latino/a candidate.
  • 41% percent of LGBT voters said they would be more likely to vote for a gay candidate and 34% said they would be more likely to vote for a lesbian candidate, compared to 10% and 11%, respectively, of non-LGBT voters.
  • Among LGBT voters, over one-quarter (28%) said they were more likely to support a candidate because the candidate was transgender or gender non-binary. By comparison, 9% of non-LGBT voters said they were more likely to support a transgender or gender non-binary candidate.
  • 22% of LGBT voters are Latino/a, 13% are black, 61% are white, and 4% are other races or multiracial.
  • 57% of LGBT voters are men and 43% are women.
  • One-fifth of LGBT adults (21%) and 17% of non-LGBT adults are not registered to vote.

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