Twenty-three percent (23%) of voters believe a person born as a male but identifying as a female should be allowed to compete in women’s competitive sports events. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 56% disagree and 21% are not sure.
Voters under 35 are evenly divided on the question. Older voters do not believe such athletes should be allowed to compete in women’s events (see crosstab results). Thirty-two percent (32%) of Democrats believe such athletes should be allowed to compete. That view is shared by 22% of Independent voters and 12% of Republicans.
The survey also found that:
- 65% believe biological males are generally stronger and more athletic than biological females.
- 63% believe allowing such competition is unfair to athletes born female.
- If biological males who identify as female are allowed to compete in women’s sports, 57% believe they would generally outperform biological females and eventually come to dominate women’s sports.
Data released earlier showed that 63% of voters believe there are only two genders–male and female.
Thirty-two percent (32%) of voters have followed recent news stories concerning transgender athletes at least somewhat closely. That includes 10% who have followed the stories Very Closely.
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The national survey of 1,004 Registered Voters was conducted April 13-14, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.
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