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Hillary Clinton still a more popular choice with LGBTI Americans

Hillary Clinton still a more popular choice with LGBTI Americans

If any LGBTI American felt terrible after watching the live telecast of the first presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and her Republican counterpart Donald Trump that just ended, they shouldn’t be – because the latest poll is still in favour of the Democratic party nominee.

In a weekly election tracking poll by NBC News and Survey Monkey released yesterday, it was found that 72 percent of registered LGBTI voters support Clinton, compared to a 20 percent who are choosing to vote for Trump.

This result probably comes as no surprise as Clinton has, over the past months, made her stance clearer about supporting LGBTI rights. Even though there was a bit of a tussle earlier with Bernie Sanders – her biggest challenger for the Democratic nomination – over which candidate actually had a longstanding support of gay rights, Clinton eventually emerged as the victor.

Some of you may think that LGBTI voters play only a minor part in determining the outcome of the election (afterall, LGBTIs are still the minority in society, aren’t we?) – but we should also remember how 76 percent of LGBTI registered Americans voted to re-elect Barack Obama in the 2012 elections.

Since then, history has been made towards the fight for LGBTI equality – the most prominent being the ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court in June 2015 on the constitutionality of same-sex marriage nationwide.

With the addition of Libertarian Gary Johnson and Green Party candidate Jill Stein into the poll, Clinton still maintains a solid lead with 63 percent among LGBTI voters – while Trump gets only 15 percent.

The stances that these two candidates make on LGBTI rights in America have been widely contrasting thus far. Trump’s selection of Indiana Governor Mike Pence as his running mate – a politician who has been known to be publicly against LGBTI rights – hints of a more conservative administration should he get elected. Clinton, on the other hand, has vowed to ‘make sure that no special interests get in the way of protecting and expanding civil rights, LGBT rights and all human rights.’

If you are a LGBTI American, shouldn’t it already be obvious which side of the fence to be on?