Reports & Research

Out and voting: The gay, lesbian and bisexual vote in congressional house elections, 1990-1996

Report Type: 
Report
Date: 
August 31, 1998

A definite lesbian, gay and bisexual electorate exists. In 1996, this electorate made up five percent of all voters — a larger voting bloc than Latino, Jewish and Asian-American contingents. Exit poll data indicate that the lesbian, gay and bisexual vote is:

  • Coherent and numerically large enough to be statistically significant;

  • An important and sizeable swing vote in urban and in medium-sized city congressional districts;

  • Bipartisan.