A new survey conducted by Gallup has found that 69% of Americans oppose allowing men to compete in women's sports. This comes as a response to the growing debate over transgender athletes competing in sports teams that correspond with their birth gender.
The survey found that only 3 in 10 Americans believe transgender women and girls should be allowed to compete in sports with other women and girls. The majority of those surveyed said transgender athletes should only be allowed to compete on teams that correspond with their birth gender.
This opinion is reflected in recent legislation passed by House Republicans, which would prohibit transgender women from competing on women's sports teams. The bill was proposed as an attempt to “protect basic fairness”, though it has been met with criticism from many who argue it discriminates against the transgender community.
The results of this survey suggest that most Americans are not yet ready for the inclusion of trans athletes in female sports teams, despite the growing acceptance of LGBTQ+ rights across the country. It remains to be seen whether or not public opinion will change as more people become educated on the issue and its implications for both trans athletes and female athletes alike.