Slightly less than half of Americans support allowing transgender people to serve openly in the military and oppose President TrumpDonald TrumpJan. 6 committee chair says panel will issue a 'good number' of additional subpoenas Overnight Defense & National Security — Presented by AM General — Pentagon officials prepare for grilling Biden nominates head of Africa CDC to lead global AIDS response MORE’s recent order to ban those individuals from the armed forces, a poll released Wednesday found.
A poll from The Economist and YouGov, conducted March 25-27, found 49 percent of Americans strongly or somewhat favor allowing transgender people to serve, compared to 34 percent who strongly or somewhat oppose the idea.
The poll was conducted days after the White House issued a memo stating that transgender people are “disqualified from military service except under limited circumstances.”
Wednesday’s poll found 48 percent of people somewhat or strongly disapprove of the ban, while 34 percent approve of it to some degree.
Forty-five percent of people said they don’t believe allowing transgender people to serve has made much of a difference in the military’s effectiveness.
The poll has a margin of error of 3.4 percentage points.
Last week's memo was not Trump's first attempt at banning transgender people from serving. He first called for a ban on transgender troops in a series of tweets last summer, and followed up in August by issuing a memo banning transgender people from enlisting.
The White House said Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman MattisFormer Defense Secretary Mattis testifies in Theranos CEO trial 20 years after 9/11, we've logged successes but the fight continues Defense & National Security — The mental scars of Afghanistan MORE will have some leeway in implementing the policy, as will Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen NielsenKirstjen Michele NielsenEx-Trump official: 'No. 1 national security threat I've ever seen' is GOP Left-leaning group to track which companies hire former top Trump aides Rosenstein: Zero tolerance immigration policy 'never should have been proposed or implemented' MORE when it comes to the Coast Guard. The ban is something Mattis "concluded should be adopted," it notes.
The decision was condemned by LGBTQ advocacy groups and several retired military officers.