Poll: Majority of Americans say transgender people should be allowed in military

Poll: Majority of Americans say transgender people should be allowed in military

A majority of Americans surveyed say transgender people should be allowed to serve in the military, according to a poll released Tuesday.

Seventy percent of respondents in the Quinnipiac University poll said transgender people should be allowed to serve, while 22 percent said they should not.

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Republicans were the only subgroup with a majority opposed to transgender inclusion in the military, with 50 percent saying they should not be allowed to serve. Ten percent of GOP respondents said they had no opinion.

Forty-two percent of overall respondents said increasing acceptance of transgender people nationally would improve the country, while an equal amount said it would make "not much difference."

Quinnipiac surveyed 1,004 voters from Jan. 25 to 28. The poll's margin of error was 3.7 percentage points.

The Supreme Court ruled earlier this month that the Trump administration could temporarily enforce its restrictions on transgender people serving in the military.

The 5-4 decision left one injunction in place. Pentagon officials have said they cannot fully implement the new policy until that injunction is resolved.

Transgender troops have been serving openly since June 2016, when the Obama administration lifted the previous ban on their service.

Trump tweeted in 2017 that he would “not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military," an order that was immediately met with four legal challenges.

In March, then-Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman MattisOvernight Defense: Pentagon watchdog sidelined by Trump resigns | Plan would reportedly bring troops in Afghanistan back by Election Day | Third service member dies from COVID-19 Trump wants troops in Afghanistan back stateside by Election Day: report 'Never Trump' Republicans: Fringe, or force to be reckoned with? MORE released an update to the policy that exempted people already serving, eliminating one of the suits against it that argued the policy was a "blanket ban."