Several states have recently proposed legislation concerning transgender student athletes. Our poll finds most Americans overall think transgender student athletes should only be allowed to play on teams that match the sex they were born as, while four in 10 say they should be allowed to play on a team that matches the gender they consider themselves to be. These views extend across most demographic groups.
Democrats and liberals stand apart from the public overall on this. Majorities of these groups say transgender student athletes should be allowed to play on a team that matches the gender they consider themselves to be. Most other political and demographic groups feel these athletes should only play on the team that matches their sex at birth.
Another factor that shapes views on this: personally knowing someone who is transgender.
More than half of those who know a transgender person say transgender student athletes should be allowed to play on team sports that match the gender they consider themselves to be.
A third of Americans report knowing someone who is transgender — either a family member, friend, work colleague or themselves.
Also, most of those who perceive “a lot” of discrimination against transgender individuals believe transgender athletes should be permitted to play on the team matches their gender identity.
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