Poll Showing Americans Are ‘Overwhelmingly’ Pro–Transgender Ideology Is Misleading | National Review

Poll Showing Americans Are ‘Overwhelmingly’ Pro–Transgender Ideology Is Misleading | National Review


Democratic members of the U.S. House of Representatives pose for a photograph holding LBGT+ and Transgender Pride flags on the steps of the U.S. Capitol ahead of a vote on the Equality Act on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C, February 25, 2021. (Tom Brenner/Reuters)

PBS reports that “the Human Rights Campaign, an LGBTQ advocacy organization, says more than 30 state legislatures have proposed more than 115 bills that would limit transgender rights, from participation on sports teams to access to medical care.”

PBS does not scrutinize this claim. Which ought to be your first red flag. (The Human Rights Campaign is an extremely bloated and powerful lobby group whose monomaniacal focus these days is to enshrine gender-identity ideology into law and life by hijacking the legacy of Civil Rights.)

In the states the Human Rights Campaign refers to, transgender-identified persons would still be able to participate on sports teams (according to these mischaracterized bills), they would only have to do so in accordance with their biological sex or in a co-ed team. As for the claim that “medical care” is being denied — it obviously isn’t. If any transgender-identified person showed up at a hospital requiring medical assistance, they would have the same rights and access as anyone else. However, neither chemical nor surgical castration of children (which is what these bills would outlaw) is medical care, but rather reckless experimentation.

PBS then cites a PBS NewsHour/NPR/Marist poll that purportedly demonstrates that most Americans support the transgender-activist agenda.

Participants were asked, “Do you support or oppose legislation that would prohibit gender transition-related medical care for minors?” Out of 1,066 participants, only 26 percent of Democrats and 26 percent of Republicans said that they would support such legislation. But I wonder how many it would have been if they had asked Do you support or oppose legislation that would prohibit the chemical castration of children as was recently outlawed in England?

Similarly, with “Do you support or oppose legislation that would prohibit transgender student-athletes from joining sports teams that match their gender identity?” Only 25 percent of Democrats and 29 percent of Republicans said they would support such legislation. But what if it had been worded as, Do you support or oppose legislation that would prohibit biological males from competing against females?

The whole thing is so shrouded in euphemism, and so lacking in factual context, that these polls tell us nothing about what Americans really think about the policy consequences of transgender ideology.





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