WASHINGTON — Despite Trump administration moves to roll back protections for transgender people, a majority of Americans are more supportive of transgender rights.
A survey by PRRI found that 62% of all Americans have become more supportive of transgender over the past five years. The survey also found that 63% of Americans, and majorities of every major religious group, support transgender people serving in the military.
More than three-quarters of Democrats, two thirds of independents and just under half of Republicans have moved to be more supportive, according to the survey. Only conservative Republicans have become more opposed.
- 24% of Americans report having a transgender close friend or family member.
- 46% report having a bisexual close friend or family member and 68% report having a gay or lesbian close friend or family member.
- Nearly two thirds (63%) of Americans today favor allowing transgender people to serve in the U.S. military. This level of support is virtually unchanged from 2017 (64%).
- Republicans have grown more supportive of transgender military service, up from 37% in 2017 to 47% today.
- 45% of Americans favor policies that would require transgender people to use the bathrooms consistent with their sex assigned at birth (47% oppose).
- 63% of Americans say they would be somewhat or very comfortable having a close friend tell them they are transgender.
- 56% of Americans say they would be somewhat or very comfortable with learning a teacher at their local elementary school is transgender.
- 48% of Americans say that they are somewhat/very comfortable vs. 48% somewhat/very uncomfortable) with having their child tell them they are transgender.