President Donald Trump has achieved the highest percentage of non-white voters of any Republican presidential candidate in 60 years, while doubling his support among voters in the LGBTQ community from 2016.
According to preliminary data from exit polls conducted by Edison Research for the National Election Pool, Trump received 26 percent of the votes from non-white voters during his campaign against Democratic challenger Joe Biden.
On Wednesday, political strategist Adrian Gray announced a tweet showing the percentage of Republican presidential candidates among non-white voters since 1952. The tweet shows that Trump has received the greatest support from this group since 1960, when President Richard Nixon received 32 percent of the vote.
Share of GOP in non-white votes, presidential elections (%)
2020: 26 (preliminary)
– Adrian Gray (@adrian_gray) November 4, 2020
The only Republican presidential candidate from 1952 who received more support from non-white voters than Nixon was President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956.
In addition, Trump increased his share of non-white voters starting in 2016, when he received 21 percent of the vote, according to another survey by Edison Research.
Since his first candidacy in 2016, many of Trump’s political rivals continue to say he is racist. Following the death of George Floyd in May, Biden’s press secretary, T.J. Ducklo, said the president “openly acknowledged the causes of white racism” when he spoke out against the abolition of Confederate statues across the country.
Despite the criticism Trump faced during his first term in office, exit polling data show that Trump has improved over 2016 across all races and genders, except for white men.
According to the Exit Poll, Trump’s support increased by five points among black men, four points among black women, four points among Latin American men and three points among Latin American women compared to the 2016 election.
In addition to an increase in support among various non-white voters, the incumbent Republican president also saw a doubling of support from the LGBTQ community compared to the 2016 election.
According to the exit poll, 28 percent of Americans who identify themselves as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender stated that they voted for Trump. Edison Research’s 2016 Exit Survey found that Trump received only 14 percent of the votes from members of the LGBTQ community.
Although support increased from both non-white and LGBTQ voters, Trump lagged behind the former vice president in both categories. According to the exit poll, 72 percent of non-white voters and 61 percent of LGBTQ voters said they voted for Biden in the 2020 election.
Trump is currently trailing Biden in both the polls and the referendum, with victory seeming unlikely.
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