LGBT voters overwhelmingly support Clinton heading into the first presidential debate

By : Jeremy Williams
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A majority of registered LGBT voters plan to vote for Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential race this November, according to the latest NBC News/Survey Monkey poll.

Polling shows that, if the election were held today, 72 percent of registered LGBT voters would support Clinton, compared to 20 percent for Trump.

The numbers shift a bit when Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson and Green Party candidate Jill Stein are added to the mix. Clinton’s support drops to 63 percent, with Trump and Johnson nearly tied with 15 percent and 13 percent. Stein brings up the rear with 8 percent.

While Clinton maintains a healthy lead over Trump in the community, both have trouble in their favorability numbers with LGBT voters.

More than 80 percent of those polled said they view Trump unfavorable. Clinton fared better with just over 40 percent of those registered voters saying they view the former Secretary of State unfavorably.

Both Clinton and Trump will have a chance to boost those favorability numbers as they meet tonight for the first of three scheduled debates.

Experts estimate 100 million people will be viewing the debate tonight, which would make it the most watched presidential debate since Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter debated in 1980.

The Clinton/Trump debate could potentially be the most watched program in television history. Currently, the most watched broadcast event is Super Bowl XLIX with 115.2 million viewers.

The 90-minute, commercial-free debate will air tonight at 9:00 p.m. EST on all four major broadcast networks – ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX – as well as on the cable news networks, including CNN, MSNBC and FOX News.

For those without a TV, the debate will also be streamed live on Facebook Live, Twitter and YouTube.

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