According to a recent Gallup poll, a significant change in public opinion has emerged, with nearly 70 percent of survey respondents expressing their opposition to men who identify as transgender women participating in women’s sports. Furthermore, the poll indicates that 55 percent of participants now view gender changes as morally wrong. These findings suggest a growing resistance to the normalization of transgenderism, indicating potential challenges for the radical transgender movement in achieving its goals.
Growing Opposition to Gender Changes:
The Gallup poll highlights two notable trends that demonstrate a distancing from transgender acceptance. In 2021, 51 percent of respondents considered gender changes to be morally wrong. However, this year’s survey recorded a four percent increase, with 55 percent expressing opposition to the concept of changing one’s gender.
Challenges Faced by Transgender Athletes:
Transgender athletes faced even more discouraging results. In 2021, 62 percent of respondents were against the inclusion of athletes born male in women’s sports. Today, that number has risen to 69 percent, with the majority stating that individuals should only compete in categories that correspond to their assigned gender at birth.
Decreasing Support for Transgender Athletes:
Support for transgender athletes has also declined. In Gallup’s previous poll, 34 percent believed that athletes should be able to compete in the category that aligns with their gender identity. However, the latest findings indicate that this support has decreased to only 26 percent.
Methodology and Findings:
Gallup conducted its annual Values and Beliefs survey, collecting responses from 1,000 U.S. adults between May 1 and May 24. This poll reflects the ongoing debate surrounding the participation of transgender women in women’s sports, as different sports governing bodies and schools adopt varying policies on the matter.
Changing Perspectives Among Acquainted Individuals:
Even individuals who personally know someone identifying as transgender have shown reduced support for transgender athletes. The survey reveals that both those who are acquainted and those who are not acquainted with a transgender person are less likely to endorse transgender athletes competing on the team of their choice. Support has decreased from 40 percent to 30 percent among those familiar with a transgender person and from 31 percent to 23 percent among those without personal acquaintance.
Shifting Opinions Across Political Lines:
While Democrats remain the most supportive of transgender athletes, even within this group, support for the idea has declined. In 2021, 55 percent of self-identified Democrats expressed support for transgender athletes, whereas the current poll indicates a decrease to 47 percent.
The findings of the Gallup poll demonstrate a significant shift in public opinion regarding transgender athletes and gender changes. The majority of Americans now oppose men competing in women’s sports and express reservations about the morality of changing one’s gender. This change in sentiment suggests that the transgender movement may face increasing challenges in gaining acceptance. As public opinion evolves, laws that restrict transgender athlete participation may more closely align with prevailing sentiments. However, it is important to note that those acquainted with transgender individuals still tend to be more accepting of pro-transgender policies, although even this support has weakened in recent years.