According to a CNN exit poll, the Republican party attracted more gay voters in the midterm elections than in previous election cycles of the past decade.

The number of self-identified gay voters favoring GOP candidates on Tuesday jumped to a record 31 percent, up 4 points from 2008's presidential election. That's higher than in 2006 (24%) and 2004 (23%). Approximately 3 percent of respondents identified as gay.

“The gay left would have you believe that gay conservatives don't exist,” Jimmy LaSalvia, executive director of GOProud, told

“Now we see that almost a third of self-identified gay voters cast ballots for Republican candidates for Congress in this year's midterm,” he said.

LaSalvia said the results should serve as a “wake-up call” to gay rights groups which have “become little more than a subsidiary of the Democrat Party.”

Anti-Democratic sentiment has been brewing since President Obama arrived in Washington. While the president has been criticized by anti-gay groups for his support of gay rights, many in the gay community feel pandered to. Obama's commitment to gay rights, especially repeal of “Don't Ask, Don't Tell,” the law that bans gay and bisexual troops from serving openly, is being openly questioned by gay leaders.

The president recently defended his record. In a rare interview with the gay media conducted just days before the midterm elections, the president reject the notion that he's lukewarm on gay rights.

Obama said he's been as supportive as possible on repeal of the military ban “given that Congress had explicitly passed a law designed to tie my hand on the issue.”

“And so, I'll be honest with you, I don't think that the disillusionment is justified,” he said.