Public Opposes Transgender Athletes in Women’s Sports 2-to-1, Poll Shows

Public Opposes Transgender Athletes in Women’s Sports 2-to-1, Poll Shows

Rasmussen Reports research shows most are opposed to born-males competing against women

The majority of the public opposes biological male transgender athletes competing against females in women’s sports, a new poll shows.

Research carried out by Rasmussen Reports reveals that, although a small number of Democrats believe born-male athletes should be allowed to compete in women’s events, most other people feel it should be stopped.

Allowing biological men to “identify” as a woman to compete against women is opposed two-to-one by adults, independents, parents, and middle-class voters, says the poll.

Terry Schilling, the executive director of the American Principles Project, says poll shows “a huge opportunity for us.”

“It shows how far out the left has come on this; they claim to be pro-feminist and pro-woman, but they support things that will destroy women’s sports,” Schilling explains.

According to Breitbart, Democrats favor men’s participation in women’s sports by 43 percent to 36 percent, said the survey of 1,000 adults, which was conducted May 28 and 29.

But the entry of men into women’s sports is opposed 54 percent to 28 percent among all adults, by 52 percent to 27 percent among independents, and by 77 percent to 13 percent among Republicans.

The question asked: “Do you favor or oppose allowing transgender students to participate on the sports teams of the gender they identify with, letting biological males, for example, play girls’ sports?”

The survey also shows that only 31 percent of adults favor “allowing transgender students to use the bathrooms of the opposite biological sex.”

Both questions also showed that 23 percent of the female respondents said they are “not sure” how to answer the questions.

That high percentage suggests that many women have not made up their minds — and that many are reluctant to reveal their views amid pro-transgender advocacy by establishment media outlets.

The greatest sympathy for the transgender claims came from younger, lower-income, female, Democrat respondents.

The poll surveyed 1,000 adults. Whites comprised just 63 percent of the panel. Thirty-five percent said they are Democrats and 28 percent said they are Republicans.

The poll does not show if the voters “strongly” and “somewhat” oppose or endorse the transgender demands.

The Rasmussen results match prior surveys, which show that most Americans wish to help and comfort people who think they are a member of the opposite sex, even as they also reject the transgender ideology’s claim that people’s legal sex is determined by their feeling of “gender identity,” not by biology.

The rejection is a problem for Democrat legislators in the House, who almost unanimously voted to establish the unpopular ideology in a May 17 vote on H.R. 5, The Equality Act.

The GOP’s base — and a core group of GOP legislators — are opposing the ideology, while most GOP legislators and the top leaders are trying to avoid taking a public stand.

The GOP legislators who led the May 17 opposition included California’s Rep. Tom McClintock, Missouri’s Rep. Vicky Hartzler, Arizona’s Rep. Debbie Lesko, and North Carolina’s Rep. Virginia Foxx. Hartzler, a former track coach, said:

This bill legalizes discrimination, government-imposed, top-down discrimination against those with time-honored views of marriage and gender. … [it will] dismantle female athletics … men are taking home the gold in women’s sports.

After the debate, a spokeswoman for the GOP White, Rep. Steve Scalise, told Breitbart:

The so-called Equality Act tramples on the religious liberty of Americans, rights of parents and doctors, and has dire consequences for female athletics under Title IX. No one should be discriminated against, but that also includes parents, doctors, people of faith, and female athletes, who are dangerously targeted in this bill.

The poll showing the public’s rejection spotlights the donor dilemma for GOP leaders, who are zigzagging between their base and a few pro-transgender donors.

“It is incredibly important for Republicans to ignore the donor class on this issue,” said Schilling.

This is an area where the elites and the elite donors are completely out of line with the voters on an issue in which the voters care passionately about. We’re talking millions of voters whose daughters are playing sports … [GOP] leaders need to ignore the donor class.

The transgender issue may help the GOP close the big gap with suburban and women voters.

The Rasmussen poll shows that just 30 percent of women support men entering women’s sports and that 47 percent of women oppose the move.

That divide will likely widen as videos show more men publicly taking podiums, prizes, and status from obviously smaller, defeated women.

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This pushback is being aided by increasingly vocal networks of women’s athletes who fear their sports will be overwhelmed by males.

But many critical women and girls try to hide their identity for fear of retaliation by progressives and angry men.

“It is cruel, it is disgraceful,” said Schilling.

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