Transgender athletes have made headlines in recent years for their wins in women's sport, but most Americans are not fans.
A Rasmussen Reports poll released Friday found that 51% of US adults surveyed objected to allowing athletes to compete based on their gender identity, including biological men who participate in women's and women's sports.
Only 29 percent supported “allowing trans students to participate in sports teams of the kind they identify with,” while 20 percent were undecided, according to the survey.
The results of the survey, conducted between October 31 and November. 2, were practically identical to a Rasmussen survey released in June, which found that only 28% were in favor of allowing transgender students to "participate in the sports team of the gender they identify with", while 54% objected.
– Rasmussen Reports (@Rasmussen_Poll) June 9, 2019
Public opinion on the sport issue contrasts with research showing growing support for transgender rights. A PRRI poll released in June found that 62% of Americans surveyed were more supportive of transgender rights over the past five years.
A May 15-30 Gallup poll found that 71 percent of US adults openly supported transgender people serving in the military, while respondents remained divided on the toilet issue, with 51 percent supporting transgender people using services. that correspond to gender at birth versus 44% that favored gender identity.
The issue of sports competition has been more disputed. While LGBTQ advocates have applauded transgender athletes who compete based on their gender identity, enemies have argued that this gives biological men an unfair advantage.
Conservative Alliance Defending Freedom filed a federal complaint on behalf of a Connecticut high school student, Selina Soule, who failed to qualify for New England regions after losing a race to two male biological students who identify as girls
"In fact, one of the athletes who replaced Selina previously competed with other male athletes in the winter season of 2018 and failed to advance in boys indoor track events," the ADF said. "It wasn't until the athlete began competing in women's events during the spring of 2018 that dominance began. This biological male now has more than 10 records in the state of Connecticut that belonged to 10 different girls."
In May, House Democrats passed the Equality Act, which would ban discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation, despite opposition from Republicans, who said it would undermine women's ability to participate in competitive sports.
Democrats like Representative Ilhan Omar, a Minnesota Democrat, insisted that trans athletes have no automatic advantage in women's sport.
"The myth that trans women have a" direct competitive advantage "is not supported by medical science and continues to fuel fear and violence against one of the world's most at-risk committees," Omar said in January. . 31 letter in support of a transgender powerlifter excluded from women's events.
I requested an investigation into @USAPowerliftingDiscrimination against a member of the trans Minnesota community. Respect for human rights includes protections for our trans brothers and sisters. pic.twitter.com/3ou4FsSozA
– Representative Ilhan Omar (@Ilhan) February 5, 2019
On the other side is the great tennis player Martina Navratilova, who is openly lesbian and a firm defender of gay rights. In a February issue, she called for transgender athletes to compete in women's sports as "cheating."
"It's crazy and it's deceiving," she said in the Sunday Times. “I'm happy to talk to a trans woman in whatever way she prefers, but I wouldn't be happy to compete against her. It would not be fair.
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