Print By Valerie Richardson – The Washington Times – Updated: 7:34 a.m. on Sunday, November 10, 2019 Transgender athletes have drawn headlines in recent years for their victories in women’s sports, but most Americans aren’t fans. A Rasmussen Reports poll released Friday found that 51% of U.S. adults surveyed opposed allowing athletes compete on the…
A Rasmussen Reports poll released Friday found that 51% of U.S. adults surveyed opposed allowing athletes compete on the basis of their gender identity, including biological males who participate in women’s and girls’ sports.
Only 29% supported “allowing transgender students to participate on the sports teams of the gender they identify with,” while 20% were undecided, the survey said.
The results of the poll, taken Oct. 31-Nov. 2, were virtually identical to a Rasmussen survey released in June, which found only 28% favored allowing transgender students “to participate on the sports team of the gender they identify with,” while 54% were opposed.
Most Oppose Transgender Athletes on Opposite Sex Teams… https://t.co/ONH6cxUGfy pic.twitter.com/hjHaLpYn4E
— Rasmussen Reports (@Rasmussen_Poll) June 9, 2019
Public opinion on the sports issue comes in contrast to polls showing increasing support for transgender rights. A PRRI survey released in June that found 62% of Americans surveyed were more supportive of transgender rights in the last five years.
A Gallup poll taken May 15-30 found 71% of U.S. adults supported openly transgender people serving in the military, while those surveyed remained split on the bathroom issue, with 51% supporting transgender people using the public facilities that correspond to birth gender versus 44% who favored gender identity.
The issue of sports competition has been more disputed. While LGBTQ advocates have cheered transgender athletes competing based on their gender identity, foes have argued that it gives biological males an unfair edge.
@USAPowerlifting’s discrimination against a member of the Minnesota trans community. Respect for human rights includes protections for our trans brothers and sisters. pic.twitter.com/3ou4FsSozA — Rep. Ilhan Omar (@Ilhan) February 5, 2019
On the other side is tennis great Martina Navratilova, who is openly lesbian and a staunch supporter of gay rights. In a February op-ed, she called allowing transgender athletes to compete in women’s sports “cheating.”
“It’s insane and it’s cheating,” she said in the [U.K.] Sunday Times. “I am happy to address a transgender woman in whatever form she prefers, but I would not be happy to compete against her. It would not be fair.”
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