Majority of Americans oppose sex changes for minors: poll

Republicans (96.8%) and Independents (84.6%) overwhelmingly agreed that the children should be required to wait.

Updated: October 21, 2022 - 5:55pm

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Some Republicans are moving to outlaw providing transgender surgeries to minors and a recent poll suggests a majority of Americans share a similar sentiment.

When asked "Do you believe underage minors should be required to wait until they are adults to use puberty blockers and undergo permanent sex change procedures?" an overwhelming 78.7% said the children should wait until reaching the age of maturity in a recent Convention of States Action/Trafalgar Group survey.

Republicans (96.8%) and Independents (84.6%) overwhelmingly agreed that the children should be required to wait. A majority of Democrats, albeit a much narrower one (53.2%), favored making the children wait as well. Leaders in the Democratic Party, however, have more prominently encouraged parents to support their children's chosen gender identities, including President Joe Biden, as Breitbart News noted.

Along racial lines, all ethnic groups demonstrated overwhelmingly consensus on the issue, with the Asian respondents notably backing age restrictions with 100% support.

In August of this year, Georgia Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene introduced the "Protect Children's Innocence Act" to make providing a host of "gender-affirming" treatments to minors a felony. The survey did not directly ask respondents on criminalizing such treatments.