NEW POST-ELECTION POLL: Equality voters halted Georgia Red Wave by dismissing extremism and anti-LGBTQ+ attacks by Trump-backed candidates

GEORGIA – New polls in Georgia released today by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) – the country’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) civil rights organization – show that the 2022 elections will be the massive ones predicted before the elections Reds have refuted wave in no small measure because Equality Voters have stood up to extremism and voted to protect common values ​​and our democracy.

Although Republican Gov. Brian Kemp won re-election with 53 percent of the vote, the Equality Voters gave Stacey Abrams 90 percent of their votes. While that support didn’t bring Abrams a win, similar support for US Senator Raphael Warnock was critical to his strong performance and near-total victory on Election Day.

Across the country, vote-resisters and right-wing extremists lost winnable elections because they held views that did not do justice to the average voter, particularly the large number of equality voters who made the crucial difference in the vote. Equality Voters, of which there are nearly 1.5 million in Georgia, are a group of voters whose example is LGBTQ+ equality. They made up 38 percent of the 2022 national electorate and 27 percent of the 2022 Georgia electorate — a number that reflects the growing political power of this community — and tend to be younger and more racially diverse than the electorate as a whole.

“When anti-equality politicians line up in a circular firing squad after historic losses, they would do well to acknowledge that they lost because they nominated extreme candidates who took extreme positions, including attacks on an LGBTQ+ community that is becoming politically more powerful every election cycle,” he said Human Rights Campaign National Campaign Manager Geoff Wetrosky. “While Brian Kemp was presented as a more moderate candidate, Herschel Walker has repeatedly taunted and attacked the LGBTQ+ community and now faces an uphill battle in the runoff. We expect Equality Voters to deliver the final blow to Walker on December 6, sending a powerful message that lies, hatred and division have no place in Georgia.”

Equality Voters provided Democrats with huge margins at every level of the ballot.

  • A 90 percent majority of Equality Voters supported Raphael Warnock, 90 percent supported Stacey Abrams for governor, and 90 percent supported Democratic nominees for the US House of Representatives.

Voters will not tolerate a retreat to marriage.

  • With the crucial US Senate vote on marriage equality now taking place in the Lame Duck session, it’s worth noting that a compelling 54 percent of Georgia voters supported Congress passing legislation protecting federal rights to same-sex marriage support marriage.

  • Gathering majority support in the conservative midterm electorate is a key achievement in the equality movement.

  • Remember that just 18 years ago, a convincing majority voted to outlaw same-sex marriage in the state. Georgians are clearly in a very different place now, even if some anti-equality politicians are not.

The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization advocating for equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people. HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ+ people are accepted as full members of society at home, at work and in every community.