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Survey: More Americans moving to support transgender rights

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. 

Other findings:

  • 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.
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