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  • 66 percent of adults were against legislation that would prohibit transition-related medical care for minors while 28 percent supported it.
  • 67 percent of U.S. adults said they opposed legislation that would bar transgender student athletes from joining sports teams that were commensurate with their chosen gender identity while 28 percent were in support of the measure.
  • Meanwhile, 63 percent of Americans said they supported the 2021 Equality Act.

A new poll suggests the majority of Americans are opposed to legislation that some believe would limit the rights of transgender individuals. 

State legislatures all across the country have recently proposed measures LGBTQ advocates say will diminish the rights of transgender Americans, ranging from outlawing gender transition-related medical care for minors, to banning transgender athletes from participating in sports consistent with their gender identities. 


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Arkansas earlier this month became the first state to pass a bill restricting transgender minors access to gender-affirming health care. 

But despite the push from states around the country, a new PBS NewsHour-NPR-Marist poll released Friday found 66 percent of adults were against legislation that would prohibit transition-related medical care for minors while 28 percent supported it and 6 percent were unsure. 

Along party lines, 70 percent of Republicans opposed such legislation while 26 percent were in support. That’s inline with 69 percent of Democrats and 64 percent of independents who were opposed. 

On the issue of transgender athletes, 67 percent of U.S. adults said they opposed legislation that would bar transgender student athletes from joining sports teams that were commensurate with their chosen gender identity while 28 percent were in support of the measure. 

The poll found 69 percent of Democrats are opposed while 66 percent of Republicans agreed. 

Meanwhile, 63 percent of Americans said they supported the 2021 Equality Act that would protect people from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity while 32 percent were opposed. 

Differences were more pronounced along party lines, with 90 percent of Democrats in support and 32 percent of Republicans saying the same. 

The poll was conducted April 7 through April 13 among 1,066 adults and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.


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Published on Apr 16, 2021