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Joe Biden’s lead with LGBTQ voters is so massive even Republicans are planning to vote for him

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Trump holding up an upside down pride flag with "LGBTs for Trump" written across it during the 2016 presidential campaign.Photo: Screenshot

Despite GOP posturing that President Donald Trump has “taken unprecedented steps to protect the LGBTQ community,” queer voters are showing little interest in reelecting him. The Trump administration has been the most viciously anti-LGBTQ in the nation’s history.

The administration’s nonstop attacks on the community are reflected in the President’s latest poll numbers. According to a new Morning Consult poll of more than 30,000 registered voters, almost a quarter of LGBTQ Republicans have a favorable opinion of Joe Biden and a lot of them say they plan to vote for the former Vice President.

Related: Here are all the times the Trump administration has attacked LGBTQ rights since he became President

Biden has led Trump by double digits since the Democrat effectively won the nomination on Super Tuesday by an average of 43 percentage points. In the latest poll, he leads by an even larger margin, with 64 percent support compared to Trump’s 19 percent.

47 percent of straight voters preferred the former Vice President while 39 percent favored Trump.

But when you drill down on political affiliations, the gap between the two candidates becomes even more interesting.

Unsurprisingly, LGBTQ Democrats prefer Biden by an 86 point margin. Independents give him a 28 point lead.

Almost a quarter of LGBTQ Republicans say they have a favorable opinion of Biden and they are five times more likely to say they’ll vote for the former Vice President than straight Republicans.  A fifth of GOP queer voters who say they will vote for Trump confess that they don’t plan to admit it publicly.

The same survey found that LGBTQ Republicans are whiter, wealthier, more likely to be men, and less ideologically homogeneous than their Democratic peers. 25 percent identify as “liberal” and they are seven times more likely to identify as a “moderate” when compared to straight Republicans.

LGBTQ Democrats identified health care as their top concern. Republicans cited the economy as their main motivation.

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