Americans have broad and intense opposition to elements of transgender ideology being a part of children’s school curriculum and experience and strongly support parental rights in education.
WHY IT MATTERS – The results of this poll come as the Equality Act, which passed the House of Representatives, is being debated in the U.S. Senate.
- The bill would make gender identity a protected class equivalent to race, and among other things, require schools to allow biological men to compete in women’s sports and use women’s locker rooms if they identify as a female.
THE NUMBERS – The exclusive America’s New Majority Project Poll, conducted by Scott Rasmussen, from October 18-20, 2022 reveals:
- 72% oppose schools teaching children they can change their gender (10% support, 18% not sure);
- 80% believe parents should be given advance notice of any such instruction and given the option to opt their children out (11% oppose, 9% not sure);
- 73% say a teacher or school should notify parents if a child says they want to identify as a the opposite gender (12% say No, 15% not sure);
- 60% agree that if a teacher or school encourages a child to change their gender identity that this is a form of child abuse (22% disagree, 18% are not sure);
- 69% oppose schools being required to treat people according to their chosen gender identity, including 53% who strongly oppose (20% favor, 11% not sure).
The poll also explored Americans’ feelings about so-called “gender affirming care”, including puberty blockers and surgery, being offered to minors. The results reveal:
- 59% believe it should be against the law to provide this treatment to children (23% say it should not be against the law, 19% are not sure);
- 56% agree that conducting gender transition surgery on children is a form of child abuse (22% disagree, 19% are not sure);
- 73% disagree with those who say that children should be able to receive gender affirming care without the permission of parents, including 63% who say they strongly disagree (17% agree).