Most Americans oppose transgender athletes in women’s sports

Photo by: Jae S. Lee In this Friday, Feb. 16, 2018 photo, Euless Trinity's Mack Beggs, top, wrestles Lewisville's Elyse Nelson in the second round of the 110-pound girls division during the 6A Region II wrestling meet at Allen High School in Allen, Texas, Beggs, a senior from Euless Trinity High School near Dallas is transgender and in the process of transitioning from female to male. (Jae S. Lee/The Dallas Morning News via AP)

Despite the efforts of the media, Americans don’t seem to be subscribing to the notion that men who choose to be called women should be allowed to compete in women’s sports, and dominate them.

Transgender athletes have made headlines in recent years by beating a lot of actual, genuine female athletes in sports like cross-country, cycling, rugby and track and field, but most Americans are not fans.

Many genuine female athletes oppose this redefinition of gender, saying they are being reduced to irrelevance as athletes with a male sex advantage are allowed to upend their competitions.

A Rasmussen Reports poll released Friday found that 51 percent of U.S. adults surveyed opposed allowing athletes compete on the basis of their gender identity, including biological males who participate in women’s and girls’ sports.

Only 29 percent supported “allowing transgender students to participate on the sports teams of the gender they identify with,” while 20 percent were undecided, the survey said.

The results of the poll, taken Oct. 31-Nov. 2, were virtually identical to a Rasmussen survey released in June, which found only 28 percent favored allowing transgender students “to participate on the sports team of the gender they identify with,” while 54 percent were opposed.


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