View on Transgender issues is divided by Party lines


Washington, DC – A recent survey by the Pew Research Center revealed a stark divide between Democrats and Republicans along party lines on Transgender issues. The survey questioned about 4,500 randomly selected people in August and September of 2017. The survey found that overall only 44% of the US population believes that Gender Identity and assigned sex at birth can be different. Broken down by party affiliation, only 20% of Republican affiliated respondents believe that a persons gender can be different from the sex assigned at birth compared to 64% Democrats of Democrat leaning.

The study also revealed that Millennials are evenly split on the issue while only 4 in 10 members of the Gen X and Boomer generation support a difference between assigned sex at birth and being a men or women. This drops to 37 percent for people 72 +. Democrats are more consistent across Generations according to the study.

Education only affects views of Democrats

While Republicans are consistent in their view on Gender Identity versus assigned sex at birth across different levels of education. Democrats in contrast are strongly split: 77% with a bachelor degree but only 59% with a high school diploma or less support this view.

A similar difference exists when looking at race and ethnicity with 76% of white Democrats supporting Gender Identity being different compared to 59% of Hispanics and 45% of black Democrats.

Too far or not far enough?

Recent public debate and the Trump Administrations attempts to roll back protections based on Gender Identity have sparked a larger public debate. Centered around the use of public bathrooms to the attempted ban on transgender military members.

The study also looked into the question if society has gone too far or not far enough in accepting transgender people and did not find a consensus with 32% claiming acceptance has gone too far and 66% stating society has not gone far enough or been about right.

Responses have been strongly divided between party lines with only 12% of Republicans stating that acceptance has not gone far enough compared to 60% of Democrats, Almost reverse views exist when asked if acceptance has gone too far with 57% of Republicans stating that.

Respondents knowing a transgender person in a large majority support the statement that acceptance has not gone far enough while there is still a 23% opinion that protection has not gone far enough. People who do not know a transgender are evenly divided.



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All data and the two graphics in this article have been used with permission of the Pew Research Center. The original study has been published here.


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  1. And the best part is that “sex at birth” is recorded by your birth certificate. Seeing as birth certificates can be changed, I can only say that it is fun to watch the rightists fail at discrimination when they think they have it down lol.

  2. The one thing I feel concerns with , is how genuine are the people that respond as either Democrats or Republicans. I do tend to agree with the study, but I would be surprised if the divide is not as wide as the record states. I feel Democrats and Republicans both respond in a way they feel they are ‘supposed to’.
    I also feel that both party’s leadership play to a mentality that is more to get them votes, than how they feel about the issue. Just one conservative trans woman’s perspective.

  3. Good to know. The Republican party freed the slaves.
    Glad for what the Dems have done in recent years, but it still looks like government controlled ‘freedom’ to be trans. I don’t really get why so many seem to be against us. We are the party of freedom.
    Can’t be a Christian religious belief. The Bible says there are no longer male and female in Him.

  4. God bless you I am a conservative Republican and a 55 transgendered woman….I am just starting my journey into womanhood…..but I have always been a big hearted woman! I am a bit nervous about my finally coming to the realization that I am a woman…..this has been with me for 45 years…..feels like a huge relief to finally stop rejecting my true gender!

  5. There is some confusion about when the slaves were “freed”. Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation did not do so in reality. It freed ONLY the slaves in Southern States, not the Northern States. It was signed in 1863 done so as a military strategy to try and further disrupt the South. Lincoln, if you read his actual statements didn’t care one way or another about freeing slaves, only conserving the Union. The 13th Amendment to the Constitution abolished slavery only 4 months prior to the end of the War Between the States. Yes, he was the first Republican President, but one needs to objectively look at his motivations.
    I had been a Republican all my life, but I was never naive and idolizing any figure. There is always a story behind the story.
    I cannot in good conscious support the current sometimes-resident of the White House. To be clear I voted for him and was deceived my his lies. I’ve since renounced my membership in the Republican Party. The vast majority seem gutless to stand up to his bigoted and damaging agenda. Just my 2 pennies

  6. Wow, great to read these comments from my conservative sisters! I’m a trans woman and a lifelong Republican as well.

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