A new poll of likely voters in key swing states found that they overwhelmingly support LGBTQ equality, including those supporting President Donald Trump.
The poll, released by Hart Research Associates and the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and reported by the 19th News, looks at data from voters in Georgia, Florida, Arizona, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Iowa, North Carolina, Ohio, and Texas. Across the board, voters in each state overwhelmingly endorsed rights for transgender people. In Georgia, 92 percent said trans people should have equal access to medical care as other Americans and 78 percent said they should be able to live freely and openly according to their gender identity.
These numbers don’t just reflect progressive views; among Trump voters, at least 60 percent in each state said supported the ability for trans people to live openly and 87 percent support trans access to medical care.
“I think if you look at this in its entirety, the thing that is missing for many conservatives out there is that they think LGBTQ issues are a really big wedge,” said JoDee Winterhof, senior vice president of policy and political affairs for the HRC. “And those days are gone.”
Overall, each state also expressed support for marriage equality, adoption rights, and transgender military service.
The poll also asked voters about the Supreme Court. Again, each state favored a justice “who has a record of protecting and advancing legal rights for LGBTQ people.” In Georgia, 57 percent said the next justice to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg should be pro-LGBTQ rights, whole only 26 percent said they should not.
These findings call into question Trump’s recent Supreme Court nominee, Amy Coney Barrett. She has been deemed explicitly anti-LGBTQ by 27 pro-equality organizations—including Lambda Legal, the National Center for Transgender Equality, PFLAG National, and the National LGBTQ Bar Association—fir her affiliation with hate group Alliance Defending Freedom.