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A new Gallup poll finds that the number of Americans who oppose allowing men who claim to be female athletes to play in women’s sports is rising despite the left’s constant drumbeat that “trans women are women.”

Nearly 70 percent say that athletes born male should not be allowed to play against natural-born women, a recent Gallup poll found.

In fact, 55 percent say it is “morally wrong” to change one’s gender, the Gallup poll released Monday found, NBC News reported.

The numbers are notable because it shows that transgenderism has lost ground and opposition has grown since the same question was asked in 2021 when 62 percent said they opposed transgender women playing alongside and against female athletes.

The poll also saw an increase in those who feel it is “morally wrong” to “change one’s gender.” In 2021 51 percent said gender affirmation was immoral. Today it is 55 percent.

“Transgender sports participation has also become a major political flashpoint, and elected officials in conservative-leaning states have enacted laws to ban transgender athletes who were born male from competing against female athletes,” Gallup wrote in its news report on the poll. “At least 20 U.S. states now have such laws, and the Republican-led U.S. House recently passed a national ban. The federal ban is unlikely to pass the Senate, and President Joe Biden has promised to veto it. The White House recently released a proposed set of guidelines that would govern decisions surrounding transgender individuals’ participation in gender-segregated sports.”

Those who said they actually know someone who claims to be transgender has grown, up to 39 percent from the 31 percent seen in 2021.

The poll found that acceptance of trans athletes has dropped across the board. in 2021, ten percent of Republicans thought trans athletes should be allowed to play on teams that match their identity, versus only six percent today. Independents have also lost support for trans athletes. 33 percent of independents supported trans athletes choosing their gender category, but that has fallen to 28 percent in this year’s survey. But, while Democrats have much higher levels of support for trans athletes, even among Democrats that support is waning. In 2021 55 percent sided with trans athletes. Today that has fallen to 47 percent.

Also, in 2021, 34 percent overall said that trans athletes should be allowed to play as their assumed gender. This year that number has fallen to 26 percent.

Gallup concludes that states moving to limit or ban trans athletes from playing as the gender they have assumed are on the right track.

“Laws that restrict participation for transgender athletes are generally in line with U.S. public opinion on the issue,” Gallup wrote.

The poll was conducted from May 1 to May 24 via telephone interviews with roughly 1,000 adults living in the U.S.

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Warner Todd Huston

Warner Todd Huston has been writing editorials and news since 2001 but started his writing career penning articles about U.S. history back in the early 1990s. Huston has appeared on Fox News, Fox Business Network, CNN, and several local Chicago News programs to discuss the issues of the day. Additionally, he is a regular guest on radio programs from coast to coast. Huston has also been a Breitbart News contributor since 2009. Warner works out of the Chicago area, a place he calls a "target rich environment" for political news.


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