62% of Americans Believe Transgender Athletes Should Compete as Biological Sex: Poll
Gallup survey shows majority wants transgenders out of female sports
Most Americans say they believe that transgender athletes should compete as their biological sex rather than their "gender identity," according to a new poll.
A new Gallup survey published on Tuesday shows a whopping 62 percent of the public believes athletes should be banned from competing against their opposite biological sex.
Only 34 percent of respondents think that athletes should participate in sports according to the sex they choose to "identify" with.
The poll reveals that most Americans disagree with the push by Democrats and the Biden administration to allow biological males to compete in female sports events.
Within hours of being sworn into office, Joe Biden signed a controversial executive order that forces schools to allow transgender athletes to compete in female sports events.
Biden signed the order, titled Preventing and Combating Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation, that also forces schools to allow students to use the bathrooms and locker rooms of their opposite biological sex.
Gallup reported on its poll:
While Americans maintain their support for transgender military service, a majority believe birth gender, rather than gender identity, should govern participation in competitive sports.
Among party, gender and age subgroups, only Democrats (55 percent) express majority support for transgender athletes’ ability to play on teams matching their gender identity.
Among political ideology groups, self-identified liberals (63 percent) are most supportive of allowing athletes to play on teams according to their gender identity, while 34 percent of moderates and 12 percent of conservatives have this view.
The poll noted that just 0.6 percent of the country’s 331 million population consider themselves transgender.
“This political issue is fairly new to most Americans, though, and the public has changed its mind on LGBT issues in recent memory,” Gallup concluded.
“So, while there is currently considerable resistance to letting athletes play on teams according to their gender identity rather than their birth gender, it’s possible that Americans may view the issue differently down the line.
"However, changes in views on LGBT issues are often driven by generational change, and at the moment, young Americans hold views similar to their elders’.”
The Gallup poll was conducted between May 3 to 18 and included 1,016 adults from all 50 U.S. states.
The results had a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points, with a 95 percent confidence level.