Voters think Donald Trump is doing a terrible job on gay rights, polling shows
Polling this week shows that voters think Donald Trump is doing a bad job on gay rights.
A poll, conducted by YouGov for The Economist, asked voters if they believed Trump was doing a good job on a range of issues.
44 percent of Americans said they strongly or somewhat disapproved of the way Trump was handling “gay rights”, compared to just 29 percent who strongly or somewhat approved of his handling of the issue. 27 percent had no opinion.
Just 12 percent of Americans “strongly” approved of Trump’s performance on the issue – the second-lowest of any issue polled, next to the budget deficit.
35 percent “strongly” disapprove.
However, few voters see the issue as a deal-breaker – with just two percent of those polled picking “gay rights” as “the most important issue for you”.
Trump has been strongly criticised by LGBT groups since taking office, facing accusations that his officials have sought to undermine much of the progress from the Obama administration.
The Justice Department has made the most dramatic attacks on LGBT equality under Attorney General Jeff Sessions, with officials appearing in court to argue that discrimination against gay people should be legal, and seeking to undermine civil rights laws protecting LGBT people.
Trump has also pledged to sign the First Amendment Defense Act, a proposed Republican law that blocks the federal government from enforcing anti-discrimination protections or civil rights laws in cases where people acted based on “a sincerely held religious belief” in marriage.
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