Key Excerpt: “The public is divided over the extent to which our society has accepted people who are transgender: 38% say society has gone too far in accepting them, while a roughly equal share (36%) say society hasn’t gone far enough.”
Supporting Report: Pew Research
Ricardo’s Summary: This is an extensive report on public opinion regarding gender and transgenders in the United States. I encourage you to read the full report. The data is based on surveys with 10,188 people over the time period of May 16 to 22, 2022. The survey is weighted based on political affiliation, etc. How accurately it reflects the entire U.S. demographic, I honestly don’t know, but I think it’s more than worth the read. As you might expect, viewpoints are deeply divided based on political party.
Below are some highlights (or lowlights) depending on your viewpoint.
44 percent of people believe that government forms and online profiles should allow for options other than male and female. 40 percent of Americans believe that societal views are changing too quickly regarding gender identity and transgenders.
Nearly 80 percent of Americans believe that transgenders endure some form of discrimination. 38 percent say that society has gone too far in accepting them. 36 percent say we haven’t done enough. 64 percent of Americans favor laws that would protect transgenders from discrimination in things such as housing, employment, and the use of public spaces.
46 percent of people favor making it illegal for medical personnel to help people transition from their birth gender before 18 years of age.
Interestingly, the percentage of people who believe that gender is assigned at birth is going up, not down. In 2017 44 percent of people said that a person’s sex can be different from that assigned at birth. In 2022, it went down to 38 percent who say that a person’s sex can be different.
Nearly 60 percent of people believe that transgenders should not be able to participate in sports outside their birth gender.
You can read the full Pew Research report here.