Poll: Majority of Americans opposed to trans students using preferred bathroom
A poll has found that 59% of Americans surveyed believe transgender students should use the bathroom assigned to their birth gender.
Conducted by SSRS on behalf of CBS news, the poll asked participants to choose between two statements: “transgendered students should use the bathrooms/locker rooms of their birth gender” or “transgendered students should use the bathrooms/locker rooms of their preferred gender”.
Findings showed that 59% of those surveyed believe transgender students should use the bathroom of their birth gender with 26% in favour of them using their preferred bathroom.
The majority of men were opposed to the idea (62%) while women were more receptive with only 23 % suggesting transgender people should use the bathroom assigned to their gender at birth.
CBS stated: “As the issue of the rights of transgendered (sic) people comes more and more to the foreground, schools across the country have been confronted with a new issue: how to handle gender specific bathrooms and locker rooms.
“While a state law passed in California allows transgender students to use the bathroom of their choice, some school districts in other areas across the country have faced criticism for mandating that students use the facilities of the gender they were born with.
“Most Americans aren’t comfortable with the idea of transgendered students picking which bathroom or locker room to use."