New Poll Shows 51 Percent of Americans Oppose Allowing Boys Who Identify as Female to Compete in Girls’ Sports

Fewer than one-third of Americans and less than half of those who identify as Democrats say they favor allowing boys who identify as female to compete in girls-only sports, according to a recent poll.

The new data released by Rasmussen Reports is from a national telephone and online survey of 1,000 Americans conducted by Pulse Opinion Research between Oct. 31 and Nov. 2. The data includes a margin of error of 3 percentage points.

When asked if they favor “allowing transgender students to participate on the sports teams of the gender they identify with, letting biological males, for example, play girls’ sports,” only 29 percent of respondents agreed.

Meanwhile, 51 percent of all respondents said they oppose transgender participation on sports teams of the opposite sex. About 20 percent of respondents said they are “not sure” about how they feel about this issue.

While allowing boys who identify as transgender to participate in girls’ sports is a controversial agenda item being advanced by Democrats and LGBT activists nationwide, only 42 percent of Democrats say they favor allowing trans-identified athletes to play on sports teams of the opposite sex.

While 39 percent of Democrats say they oppose such a policy, 18 percent of Democrats responded by saying they were not sure if they oppose or favor.

Additionally, a majority of one key Democratic voting demographic (57 percent of African Americans) does not favor allowing trans-identified athletes to compete on sports teams consistent with their gender identity.

Only three out of 10 (31 percent) of African Americans surveyed said they would favor allowing transgender athletes to play on sports teams of the gender they identify with.

Only 13 percent of Republicans said they favor allowing transgender athletes to play on sports teams consistent with their gender identity, while three-quarters of Republican respondents (75 percent) said they oppose.

Forty-five percent of respondents who classified themselves as having “other” political party affiliations said they oppose allowing transgender athletes to play on teams consistent with their gender identity while 28 percent of “other” respondents said they are in favor. Twenty-seven percent of “other” respondents said they weren’t sure.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Samuel Smith