Although Americans support transgender people that want to join military service, a majority believe birth gender, rather than gender identity, should govern participation in competitive sports.
Gallup’s survey data released today shows that majority of Americans, 62 percent of them, believe transgender athletes should only play on sports teams that match the gender they were assigned at birth, compared to 34 percent who belive they should be allowed to play on teams matching their gender identity, The Hill writes.
According to the poll, Democrats were the only subgroup in the survey in which a majority said trans athletes should be able to play on teams matching their gender identity.
Gallup said in its assessment that most Americans believe that people who want to defend and fight for the U.S. should be allowed to, regardless of their identity, supporting transgender people’s right to openly serve in the military.
Yet, the survey also found that support for transgender people to serve in the U.S. military had dropped in recent years from 71 percent in 2019 to 66 percent.