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POLL: Voters in battleground states oppose transgender agenda

Issues related to transgenderismface strong opposition among swing state voters, according to a new poll conducted in Arizona, Georgia, Nevada, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin

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May 14, 2022 3:24pm

Updated: May 14, 2022 4:21pm

Issues related to transgenderism, such as participation in women’s sports, sex changes for minors and parental notification, face strong opposition among swing state voters, according to a new poll.

The poll, by the American Principles Project, polled likely voters from six states hotly contested in the 2022 midterm elections – Arizona, Georgia, Nevada, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin – on a number of current issues.

According to the study, 56% of respondents support laws that prohibit biological males who identify as transgender women from participating in girls’ sports programs at the K-12 and collegiate levels, compared to 33% who opposed them. 47% strongly supported such bans.

“There should be no doubt about it now: cultural issues are a big winner for Republicans,” said Terry Schilling, APP President, in a statement.

“While the left-wing media may attack these positions as ‘bigoted,’ the truth is that these are commonsense views held by most Americans, even in highly competitive battleground states,” he added.

The difference on transgender participation in womens’ sports was larger when those polled were asked about fairness. 67% respondents said that the idea trans athletes “have a clear, unfair advantage and allowing them to compete with women will rob female athletes of scholarships and other opportunities” was closer to their opinion than the one that said “not allowing [female trans athletes] to compete with the gender they identify with is unfair discrimination.”

56% of respondents also supported laws banning gender affirming care, like puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones and physical sex-change surgeries for children under the age of 18, while 34% such laws.

A slightly larger portion of respondents (59%) supported requiring public schools to notify parents if their child was identifying as transgender in class. 30% opposed such a rule.

The APP poll also touched on the regulation of “big tech,” like antitrust and censorship, family policy, and the regulation of porn. 77% of respondents agreed that porn sites should verify someone is 18 or older with a credit card or ID.

Republican candidates had a 6-point lead over Democrats on a generic 2022 midterm ballot, 45% to 39%, with the remaining 16% undecided.

However, former President Donald Trump lost to current President Joe Biden on net favorability – negative 13% to negative 9% when unfavorable responses were subtracted from favorable ones.

The study was conducted by OnMessage Inc. with 1,200 likely voters from the six states and stratified to reflect historical voter trends. The margin of error is +/- 2.82%.