More Americans say changing gender is 'morally wrong': poll
While 62% of Americans in 2021 said transgender athletes should be allowed to only compete on "teams that match their birth gender," that number rose to 69% in 2023.
More Americans are now saying changing a person's gender is 'morally wrong' and that transgender athletes should only be allowed to compete on teams matching their biological gender, according to a poll released Monday.
In 2021, 51% of Americans said changing one's gender was 'morally wrong,' but two years later, that number rose to 55%, according to a Gallup poll. Fewer people are calling it 'morally acceptable' now as well, with 46% in 2021 compared to 43% in 2023.
While 62% of Americans in 2021 said transgender athletes should be allowed to only compete on "teams that match their birth gender," that number rose to 69% in 2023, the poll also showed. Additionally, two years ago, 34% of people said transgender athletes should be able to play on teams matching their gender identity compared to 26% who said the same in the latest poll.
This poll was conducted May 1-24 with 1,011 adults nationwide and has a 4% margin of error.
The poll comes as more than 20 states have passed laws restricting transgender participation in sports. Additionally, transgender athletes such as University of Pennsylvania swimmer Lia Thomas have been making headlines for finishing ahead of female competitors while women have been advocating against allowing biological males to compete in women's sports.