Most Americans support Florida's 'Don't Say Gay' bill: poll

Most American citizens said that transgender athletes should play with the team that matches their biological sex.

Updated: April 4, 2022 - 9:19pm

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Most U.S. citizens support Florida's "Parental Rights in Education" law, dubbed by critics as the "Don’t Say Gay" bill, after reading the text of the legislation, according to a Public Opinion Strategies poll.

The survey showed the Florida law to 1,000 registered voters from March 25-28, and by a more than two-to-one margin, they said they supported the measure.

The legislation states, "Classroom instruction  by school personnel or third parties on sexual orientation or gender identity may not occur in  Kindergarten through third grade or in a manner that is not age appropriate or developmentally appropriate for students in accordance with state standards."

Overall, 61% of respondents said they supported the "Parental Rights in Education" law, while 26% said they opposed the measure even after reading it.

When looking only at parents, 67% said they support the law compared to 24% who oppose it.

Even the majority of Biden voters support the law by a margin of 53% to 30%.

The parent's rights legislation receives the highest measure of support from Republicans and Trump voters. Both groups support the law 70% to 23%.

The Public Opinion Strategies survey also found that just 8% of Americans said they wanted to see gender removed from birth certificates. Compared across political parties, 93% of Republicans and 67% of Democrats said they did not want to see gender removed from birth certificates.

Most American citizens said that transgender athletes should play with the team that matches their biological sex, compared to less than a quarter of people polled who disagree at 60% to 24%.

However, when broken down by party, Republicans are 85% to 7% in favor of having athletes play on the team that matches their sex at birth. Democrats are more than five times more likely than their GOP counterparts to say that transgender athletes should be able to compete for the gender they identify with at 39% to 36%.

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