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Three of 4 voters support schools having parents' consent before changing kids gender identity, poll

"The numbers speak for themselves: opposition to parental exclusion policies spans racial, political, and socioeconomic lines," the group's president said.

Published: March 22, 2023 9:00am

Three-out-of-four U.S. voters said they support requiring schools to have parental consent before assisting in a student's gender-identity change, according to a new poll. 

Nearly the same percentage of voters also support legislation requiring schools to tell parents whether their child wants to change their gender identity – with 71% in favor of this requirement, according to a poll published Tuesday by Parents Defending Education.

The group says it fights classroom indoctrination and promotes the restoration of a non-political education.

Republicans are more likely than Democrats to support requiring teachers or staff to inform parents if their child wants to use a different name or pronouns while at school at 86% to 69%. Black voters are also more likely to support this policy at 78%, compared to 77% of white voters, the poll show. 

"The numbers speak for themselves: opposition to parental exclusion policies spans racial, political, and socioeconomic lines," Parents Defending Education President and Founder Nicole Neily said.

"Education officials at the local, state, and federal level have demonstrated a callous disregard for parental rights, highlighting the need for both courts and policymakers to act, in order to end this egregious overreach."

The poll, conducted from March 15-20 by CRC Research on behalf of Parents Defending Education with 1,600 registered voters, has a 2.45% margin of error.

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