New Poll Reveals Americans Think Changing Gender Is ‘Morally Wrong’

A recent Gallup poll has revealed that more than six in ten U.S. adults oppose laws that ban gender-affirming care for minors, but the majority also think changing genders is “morally wrong.”

Growing Resistance

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This poll on support for gender-affirming care for minors indicates that there could be growing resistance to far-right efforts to limit healthcare options for transgender youth across the country.

Gallop Polls

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The poll was conducted by Gallop, a renowned analytics and advisory company that has been conducting polls for over 80 years and providing data-driven insights on various social, political, and economic issues.

Specific Support Statistics

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According to the poll, 60% of the general population of adults in the United States oppose gender-affirming care bans for minors, which are seemingly far more common over the past few years.

Supporting Bans

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In contrast to the majority of American adults who oppose these bans, the poll also revealed that 53% of Republicans support these bans.

The Partisan Divide

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Since the majority of Republicans agree with these bans, it is clear this issue also has a partisan divide, like the majority of LGBTQ+ issues being debated on the political stage of America.

Changing Perceptions

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While 51% of Americans view transitioning as morally wrong, younger adults and political liberals show a higher acceptance and hint at changing perceptions in the future with younger generations.

The Rates

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The Gallup poll said, “Those who consider it morally acceptable include political liberals (81%), Democrats (72%), those who don’t identify with a religion (67%).” 

Skipping Church for Acceptance

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The Gallup polls also said people who don’t regularly attend religious services were at 59%, with young adults aged 18 to 29 at 56% and college graduates at 53%.

Gender Differences in Views

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The poll also showed more women than men believe gender transition is morally acceptable, with 48% of women and 39% of men supporting this view. 

Opposition Levels

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Megan Brenan from Gallup says, “In both cases, a little more than one-third of U.S. adults favor laws banning gender-affirming care, and just over six in 10 oppose such laws.”

LGBTQ+ Identification Trends

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Unsurprisingly, LGBTQ+ identification in the U.S. has grown significantly in the twenty-first century with 7.6% of U.S. adults identifying as part of the LGBTQ+ community, with younger generations seeing steady increases.

Generational Growth in Identification

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More than one in five Gen Z adults identify as LGBTQ+ when compared to less than one in ten millennials, indicating a broader acceptance and identification with LGBTQ+ identities among younger adults.

One in Five

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In a Gallup poll, Jeffrey M. Jones reported, “More than one in five Gen Z adults, ranging in age from 18 to 26 in 2023, identify as LGBTQ+, as do nearly one in 10 millennials.”

Women and LGBTQ+ Identification

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Gallup also revealed women are almost twice as likely as men to identify as LGBTQ+, with 8.5% of women and 4.7% of men identifying as LGBTQ+.

Future Implications

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If this current trend continues, the proportion of U.S. adults identifying as LGBTQ+ will exceed more than 10% within the next few decades with shifting societal norms and increasing acceptance of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities.

South Carolina’s Ban

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Highlighting the growing tension around gender-affirming care for minors in America, South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster recently announced that he would sign a law that would ban such care in the state.

The 25th State

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After the ceremonial bill signing, South Carolina will become the 25th state to ban gender-affirming care in the United States, as this type of care has come under public scrutiny.

Stopping Healthcare Professionals

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This new law will effectively stop healthcare professionals from performing gender-transition surgeries, prescribing puberty blockers, and overseeing hormone treatments for individuals under 18.

Reassuring Transgender Youth

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After the new law was passed, Executive Director of the Harriet Hancock Center, Cristina Picozzi, attempted to reassure the transgender of their inherent dignity and worth, regardless of the law.

You Are Worthy

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Picozzi said, “To all of the young people in South Carolina and their parents who are reading this news and feeling fear for the future, please know: no law can change the fact that you are worthy of dignity, equality, joy, and respect.”

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