Poll: Majority Oppose Transgender Athletes on Opposite-Sex Teams
In his last year in office, Barack Obama unilaterally reinterpreted Title IX in order to bully public schools into letting biological males play on girls' sports teams and use their bathroom and changing facilities or risk losing federal funding. As a result, the issue of biological males who “identify” as female playing on girls sports teams has become an increasing problem, even though Trump officially reversed this guidance in October 2018.
We’ve reported on a number of stories here at PJ Media of biological males who are breaking records by playing on girls' or women’s teams. In April, a transgender “woman” broke world records in women's squat, women's bench press, and women's deadlift. (Note: Those records were ultimately revoked on a technicality because the weightlifter had not transitioned yet). n February, two Connecticut boys playing on girls' track teams broke state records, while actual girls found themselves unable to qualify for regional competitions, limiting their opportunities to be scouted by college coaches.
Unfortunately, many victims of the politically correct transgender rights movement feel they can’t speak out due to fear of being labeled a bigot. But, according to a new poll, they are part of a silent majority that opposes allowing transgender athletes to play on teams that don’t correspond to their biological sex.
In a poll released Tuesday, Rasmussen reveals that “just 28% of American Adults favor allowing transgender students to participate on the sports team of the gender they identify with, letting biological males, for example, play girls’ sports.” Roughly the same number, 31 percent, favor allowing transgender students to use bathrooms of the opposite biological sex.
This is a policy that Republicans are in the mainstream, while Democrats are not. “Seventy-seven percent (77%) of Republicans and 52% of those not affiliated with either major political party oppose allowing transgender students on the teams of the gender they identify with,” according to Rasmussen. “Democrats support such a policy by a 43% to 36% margin, with 21% undecided. There’s a similar partisan breakdown when it comes to bathroom policy.”
What this poll tells us is how Republicans should frame the so-called “Equality Act,” which recently passed the House of Representatives, when it gets debated in the Senate. Every single Democrat supported the bill, and 2020 Democrats were falling all over each other to declare their support for it, including the “centrist” Joe Biden. The misnamed “Equality Act” would codify the rights of biological men to use bathrooms and changing rooms with girls, and play on their sports teams.
The American people are clearly not cool with having boys playing on girls' teams, or changing in front of little girls. Yet, Democrats endorse this madness wholeheartedly. We are always one election away from this insanity becoming the law of the land. The so-called Equality Act may not pass the Senate in 2019, but if Trump doesn’t win reelection in 2020, and Democrats gain control of the Senate, our wives, sisters, and daughters, will all be potential victims of radical policies like the “Equality Act” — be it by the invasion of privacy and safety in bathrooms, or in the realm of competitive sports, where biological males can easily power over their female counterparts.
Matt Margolis is the author of The Scandalous Presidency of Barack Obama and the bestselling The Worst President in History: The Legacy of Barack Obama. His new book, Trumping Obama: How President Trump Saved Us From Barack Obama's Legacy, will be published in July 2019. You can follow Matt on Twitter @MattMargolis