Majority of Americans Oppose Anti-LGBTQ Rhetoric and Policies

Eighty-eight percent of likely voters believe the government “should not have a say in personal matters like a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity,” according to a Courier Newsroom/Data for Progress poll.

That finding comes at a time when state lawmakers across the country have proposed nearly 250 bills targeting LGBTQ issues, with about half of the bills regarding the rights of transgender individuals.

Some of the bills would restrict discussions about sexual orientation and LGBTQ history in classrooms while others would limit transgender people’s ability to play sports, use bathrooms that correspond with their gender identity, and receive gender-affirming health care.

via Up North News

A notable number of voters (39%) said they would be much less likely to vote for a candidate who would support laws that discriminate against LGBTQ individuals in schools and place restrictions on transgender individuals. Conversely, only 33% said they’d be more likely and 28% said it wouldn’t affect their choice.

When asked whether “teachers and parents that support discussions about sexual orientation and gender identity in school are groomers,” 55% of voters rejected the label. Still, 29% of voters—including 45% of Republicans—agreed that the mere act of supporting discussions about sexual orientation and gender identity in school made someone a “groomer.”