LGBTQ Community Shows Strong Support for PM Modi in Indian General Election, Survey Reveals

BJP's ability to attract this support from LGBTQ community may prompt other parties to re-evaluate their engagement and outreach efforts.

In a surprising turn of events, a recent poll conducted by a popular gay dating app has revealed substantial support for the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) among India’s LGBTQ+ community.

The survey, which ran from April 17 to April 25, 2024, aimed to understand the political preferences of LGBTQ+ individuals ahead of the general election. The results have garnered significant attention, showcasing a diverse range of political alignments within the community.

Survey Results

The poll saw participation from 2,150 users across India, with the following results:

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  • BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party): 50.9% (1,094 votes)
  • INC (Indian National Congress): 25.6% (551 votes)
  • AAP (Aam Aadmi Party): 3.4% (72 votes)
  • DMK (Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam): 3.2% (69 votes)
  • AITC (All India Trinamool Congress): 1.3% (27 votes)
  • Others: 15.6% (337 votes)

This significant support for the BJP highlights a shift in political dynamics, as the party traditionally seen as conservative gains traction within a community often perceived to align more with progressive parties.

Understanding the Shift

Several factors contribute to the growing support for the BJP among the LGBTQ+ community:

  1. Economic and Development Policies: Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s focus on economic growth, development, and job creation resonates with many LGBTQ+ individuals seeking stability and prosperity. The government’s efforts to improve infrastructure and digital connectivity have also been well-received.
  2. Social Media and Outreach: The BJP’s adept use of social media platforms to engage with diverse demographics, including the LGBTQ+ community, has helped them gain support. Targeted campaigns and outreach initiatives have made the party’s policies more accessible and appealing.
  3. Perception of Strong Leadership: Many in the LGBTQ+ community perceive Modi’s leadership as strong and decisive, qualities that are valued amid the complexities of Indian politics. His government’s handling of national security and foreign relations also appeals to voters seeking stability.
  4. Grassroots Engagement: The BJP’s efforts to engage with various communities at the grass-roots level have fostered a sense of inclusion. Local BJP leaders have been more visible and active in addressing the concerns of LGBTQ+ individuals, contributing to their growing support base.

Diverse Political Voices

The survey’s findings challenge the stereotype that the LGBTQ+ community predominantly supports progressive or left-leaning parties. The significant support for the BJP demonstrates the community’s diverse political landscape and varied priorities.

“As I always say, do not mistake the loudest voices you see on TV, social media, and protests to be the only voices of the LGBTQ+ community. We are diverse, and not everyone shares the same political ideology,”

remarked one of the survey’s analysts.

Methodology and Limitations

The survey employed a self-selecting sample method, inviting participation through in-app messages. While this approach is not suitable for making statistically robust election predictions, it provides valuable insights into the preferences of the LGBTQ+ community.

Key points about the survey’s methodology:

  • Participation was anonymous and voluntary.
  • The survey did not delve into detailed demographics beyond age and voting intentions.
  • Measures were taken to prevent multiple submissions, although some limitations remain.

It’s essential to note that this poll does not include a large segment of the LGBTQ+ community, such as lesbians, who are not represented on the platform used for the survey.

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Implications for the Election

The strong support for the BJP among LGBTQ+ individuals has influenced broader electoral strategies and highlighted the need for all political parties to address the diverse needs of this community. The BJP’s ability to attract this support may prompt other parties to re-evaluate their engagement and outreach efforts.

The poll results have sparked discussions about the evolving political preferences within the LGBTQ+ community in India. As the country sees the results of the 2024 general election, the growing support for the BJP underscores the complex and varied political landscape. While the survey’s methodology has its limitations, the data provides a glimpse into the community’s shifting allegiances and the broader implications for Indian politics.

The voices and preferences of the LGBTQ+ community have played a crucial role in shaping the discourse and determining the outcome. The BJP’s ability to garner significant support from this community reflects its broader appeal and the dynamic nature of contemporary Indian politics.

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