Poll suggests narrow lead in FL for Biden and support for LGBTQ-rights initiatives

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A poll of battleground states conducted for the Human Rights Campaign shows Democrat Joe Biden with a 6-point lead in Florida over President Donald Trump and that opposition by candidates to LGBTQ rights could backfire with voters.

The poll shows Biden drawing support in Florida from 51 percent of the likely voters surveyed against 46 percent for the president and similar findings in Arizona, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. However, the margin in each state was plus or minus 4.9 percent.

The results in the presidential race were roughly in line with other recent Florida surveys.

In Florida, Biden’s support was strongest among voters aged 18 to 39, 62 percent of whom favored him against 35 percent for Trump. Trump enjoyed a 50 percent to 46 percent advantage over Biden among 40- to 59-year-olds and voters over 60 favored Trump 48 percent to 46 percent.

Independents in Florida, the nation’s largest battleground state, heavily favored Biden, 62 percent to 28 percent.

Hart Research Associates amassed the data based on interviews with 400 likely voters in each state conducted Sept. 17-19. Some 30 percent of the interviews came the day after U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died.

Trump announced Saturday that his selection to replace Ginsburg was conservative federal appeals court Judge Amy Coney Barrett.

Asked whether they would view a candidate with anti-LGBTQ positions more or less favorably, 42 percent in Florida said less favorably and 6 percent said more favorably.

Also in Florida, 52 percent of the respondents favored the Federal Equality Act, which would grant protections to LGBTQ people in areas including employment, housing, credit, education, public spaces and services, federally funded programs, and jury service. Forty percent in Florida strongly favored the proposal.

“It’s clear LGBTQ equality is a winning issue for candidates, and those who attack the LGBTQ community do so at their peril,” Alphonso David, president of the Human Rights Campaign, a LGBTQ-rights organization, said in a written statement.

“Opponents of equality are utilizing an outdated playbook. They can keep swinging and missing, but their attempts to demonize and dehumanize LGBTQ people are backfiring. Whether the forces pushing against equality realize it or not, the American people support equality for all, and they will make that clear in November.”

Among Floridians, 56 percent opposed barring transgender people from the armed forces and 54 percent opposed allowing businesses to invoke religious objections to serving LGBT people.

Also among Floridians, 79 percent supported allowing transgender people to live openly and 93 percent supported equal access to medical care for them.