June 11, 2019
Survey: Texans Increasingly Support Transgender Rights
"This broad and growing support for transgender rights demonstrates just how dramatically Texans attitudes have shifted across the last decade," notes PRRI CEO Robert P. Jones. "This emerging consensus of support for transgender rights and increasing comfort with transgender people is a sign that we may be seeing the beginning of the end of transgender issues being used as political wedges."
Support for Transgender People and Military Service
This support exists despite the fact that Texans are less likely to have close connections with transgender people than with gay, lesbian, or bisexual people than overall Americans. Just 28% of Texans report having a transgender close friend or family member. Almost half (42%) report having a bisexual close friend or family member and 63% report having a gay or lesbian close friend or family member.
Divisions Over Use of Public Accommodations by Transgender People
"We're seeing Texans' attitudes towards transgender people shift rapidly," said Jones. "While the general trends are clearly toward more support for transgender rights, there remains some fluidity and uncertainty among some Texans as their general opinions and commitments get applied to specific policies."
Support for Transgender People in Everyday Life
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