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53% of voters support banning trans athletes in women’s sports, poll shows

Mary Margaret Olohan, DCNF

Over half of American voters support banning transgender athletes from participating in women’s sports, a poll released Wednesday found.

The latest POLITICO/Morning Consult poll found that 53% of registered voters do not support biological males competing in women’s sports. Both Republicans and former President Donald Trump have strongly opposed and spoken out against biological males participating in women’s sports.

Men support a ban on biological males in women’s sports, five-out-of-ten, and only 29% men are opposed, the poll found. Conversely, 46% of women are in support, while 34% of women are opposed.

The poll found a slim margin of opposition to the ban among Generation Z respondents, with 44% opposing and 43% supporting a ban, according to the poll. Differing from Gen Z, 53% of Millennials support banning transgender athletes, while 28% are opposed.

Along the same lines as Millennials, half of Baby Boomer respondents support a ban while 32% are opposed, according to the poll.

An overwhelming majority of Republicans, just under three-fourths, are for banning transgender athletes, while just 15% Republicans remain opposed, the poll said. Unlike Republicans, Democrats are largely split on a ban with 40% for and 42% against.

The poll found that 49% Independents are for a ban while 33% remain opposed.

POLITICO and Morning Consult conducted the poll between March 6 and March 8, 2021 through online interviews of 1990 registered voters with a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points.

GOP lawmakers have introduced more bills aimed at protecting women and children in 2021 than they did in all of 2020, Axios found. The 61 pieces of legislation come from at least 25 states and criminalize gender transition surgeries for children or prevent biological males from participating in women’s sports.

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