Report: Queer Women Are 13% Less Likely to Vote in 2020 Than Queer Men
by Kate Sosin
December 16, 2019
If 2020 candidates want to increase LGBTQ voter turnout, they may try talking with queer women. According to a new study released by LGBTQ women’s super PAC LPAC, just 72% of queer women report they are “almost certain” to vote in November’s 2020 elections, compared to 85% of queer men surveyed.
Those numbers could provide a roadmap to Democratic contenders looking to turn swing states blue next year. The Williams Institute at UCLA reported last month that more than one in five LGBTQ people (21%) wasn’t registered to vote. Queer voters make up nine million people and new registrations could push Democratic presidential candidates to victory, a NewNowNext analysis found.
LPAC’s research drills further into those findings, suggesting that while queer women are donating time and money to advancing LGBTQ equality far more than their straight peers, that activism is less likely to translate into politics.
“For the first time, we understand how to excite people across our community about political engagement as a result of this trailblazing work,” Stephanie Sandberg, executive director of Project LPAC, said in a statement.