Midterm exit polls show increase in support for marriage equality, gays voting GOP

Fri. November 7, 2014 10:01 AM by OnTopMag.com

Exit polls from Tuesday's midterm elections show a dramatic increase in support for marriage equality among younger voters and more gays voting Republican.

According to a CNN poll, self-identified gay men, lesbians and bisexuals made up 3% of those casting votes in House races. Among that group, 31% said that they voted for a Republican candidate, a 4% increase from 2008.

Jimmy LaSalvia, executive director of gay GOP group GOProud, applauded the turnout.

"The gay left would have you believe that gay conservatives don't exist," LaSalvia wrote in a blog post."Now we see that almost a third of self-identified gay voters cast ballots for Republican candidates for Congress in this year's midterm."

"This should be a wake-up call for the out-of-touch so-called leadership of Gay, Inc. in Washington, D.C., which has become little more than a subsidiary of the Democrat Party," he added.

An NBC News national exit poll found midterm voters evenly divided at 48% on the issue of marriage equality. Two years ago, 49% said that they support such unions.

However, support among voters under the age of 30 has increased from a bare majority (52%) in 2010 to a large majority (64%) in 2014. Respondents were asked whether gay couples should be allowed to marry in their state.

A 9% increase in support was also seen in voters age 65 and over, from 29% in 2010 to 38% today.

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