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2661d ago / 4:03 AM UTC

NBC News Exit Poll: Trump Fails to Peel LGBT Voters Away From Democratic Party

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) voters are maintaining their traditionally strong loyalty to the Democratic Party in this year’s presidential election, according to the NBC News Exit Poll. 

Among those who have already voted today or beforehand, exit polls show Hillary Clinton winning the support of roughly three quarters of LGBT voters.  This is consistent with past results: Democratic candidates have swept the gay vote in every presidential election since at least 1992, when exit polls first asked respondents about their sexual orientation. 

Clinton’s strong support among LGBT people comes in spite of Trump’s direct attempt to court the group this year with targeted appeals in speeches and even campaign merchandise, an unprecedented move for a GOP presidential candidate.

2662d ago / 3:35 PM UTC

Meet the NBC News Exit Poll Desk Team

Throughout Election Night, a team of survey research analysts will be crunching the numbers on who voted, what issues were on their minds and why they voted the way they did.

The team includes Stephanie Psyllos, manager of exit polling, NBC News; Scott Keeter, senior survey advisor at Pew Research Center; Courtney Kennedy, director of survey research at Pew Research Center; Cary Funk, associate director of research at Pew Research Center; Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute; Maureen Michaels, president of Michaels Opinion Research Inc.; Mara Ostfeld, postdoctoral fellow, Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan; Patrick Egan, associate professor of politics and public policy at New York University; Hannah Hartig, assistant director, University of Pennsylvania's Program on Opinion Research and Election Studies; Jennifer Su, senior project director, Princeton Survey Research Associates International; and Andrew Arenge, assistant producer, NBC News. The NBC News Exit Poll Desk works closely with digital editors David Taintor and Elizabeth Johnstone to curate the stories we produce.