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Trump voters say men face more discrimination than LGBTQ people

Trump-backers and Clinton-backers hold divergent views on who faces the most discrimination in America

Source: Fox News

People who voted for President Trump in 2016 say men are more discriminated against than LGBTQ people, most minorities, and women, according to a new poll.

A survey conducted by YouGov and The Economist found that 49% of Trump voters said they believed men face either “a great deal” or “a fair amount” of discrimination in America. Forty-one percent of that same group believes LGBTQ people face at least a “fair amount” of discrimination in their lives.

The survey, which polled 1,500 adults from across the country from Oct. 14-16, shows 42% of Trump voters believe Mexican-Americans face discrimination, while 38% think the same about African-Americans and only 30% say that women face a significant amount of discrimination.

By contrast, only 11% of people who voted for Hillary Clinton said men face a significant amount of discrimination.

Ninety-two percent of Clinton voters said LGBTQ people face significant discrimination, 95% believe Muslims do, 92% believe immigrants do, 91% believe Arab-Americans do, 90% believe African-Americans and Mexican-Americans do, and 88% believe women face significant amounts of discrimination.

Zeke Stokes, the vice president of programs at GLAAD, criticized the beliefs expressed by Trump supporters in the poll.

“Since taking office, President Trump has been the bully-in-chief, with egregious attacks including ongoing efforts to ban transgender soldiers from openly serving in the military and revoking nondiscrimination protections for transgender youths at school,” Stokes told NBC News.

Peter Boykin, the founder of Gays for Trump and a Republican candidate for the North Carolina House of Representatives, said: “I think we are all being discriminated by each other.”

“Right now, the market is more open for people to be of color or gay,” he told NBC News in a statement. “The tables now have turned where it’s now hurtful to your personal prosperity to be a plain, cisgender white male.”

John Riley is the local news reporter for Metro Weekly. He can be reached at jriley@metroweekly.com

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