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70% of Americans believe trans people should be able to serve in the military

70% of Americans believe trans people should be able to serve in the military

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A large majority of Americans (70%) believe transgender people should be able to serve in the military, according to a new Quinnipiac University National Poll released on Tuesday (29 January).

The poll surveyed people across the United States on a variety of political issues.

Questions included Americans’ impressions of Trump’s handling certain matters, such as immigration, foreign policy, and the economoy. The survey also asked participants if they trust Trump or Nancy Pelosi more, with Pelosi surpassing Trump by seven points (49% to 42%).

A section of the survey focused directly on transgender matters.

Americans’ acceptance of trans people

A majority of respondents (56%) believe the US is ‘somewhat accepting’ of trans people. This majority is also consistent amongst both Democrata and Republicans.

This belief has increased by five points since 2017.

Despite the shared majority, however, there is still a telling difference between the political parties. For example, while 15% of Republicans think the US is ‘very accepting’, only 2% of Democrats share this view.

Younger respondents are less believing of trans acceptance than their older peers.

A bigger difference emerges when the poll poses a question about whether or not trans acceptance is a good thing.

Less than half of all respondents (42%) believe more acceptance is a good thing for the US. The same amount believe it doesn’t make a difference.

The divide between Democrats and Republicans is much starker regarding this question. 68% of Democrats belive more acceptance is a good thing, while only 15% of Republicans share the sentiment.

Trans people in the military

70% of all respondents believe trans people should be able to serve in the military. Amongst Democrats, this majority is even larger at 94%. For Republicans, 40% believe this.

Large majorities accepting trans people in the military also exist among women (73%), younger people (18-34, 86%; 35-49, 74%), as well as black (90%) and Hispanic (72%) respondents.

Only Republicans do not boast a majority believing trans people should join the military.

Since Trump first announced his trans military ban, Americans have largely disagreed. From 2017 to now, the percentage of Americans believing trans people should be able to join has increased by two percentage points.

See Also:

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