Slightly more than half of Americans believe that bathroom access should be limited to natal sex.

In a new Gallup survey over half of the 1,017 American adults surveyed (51%) believe that transgender people should “use the restroom that corresponds with their birth gender.” The wording in the question is awful. Gallup should have avoided using the ambiguous term “birth gender.” The birth gender of a transgender person might very well be perceived to be their gender identity. Clearly we have some work to do to educate the public but there is an interesting twist to the results.

Men (61%) were more likely than women (42%) to say that policies should restrict access for transgender people, requiring them to use bathrooms according to their natal sex. Think about that for a moment. Supposedly — at least according to the religious right — women are characterized as being fearful of transgender women. Yet, they have nearly the inverse support for transgender access as men. I guess all that fear mongering hasn’t worked very well after all.

As you might expect, 78% of GOPers support restrictions compared to only 27% of Democrats.

This is all very silly if you ask me. I fail to understand why people would be distressed over this. I would love to know what those men are afraid of. How would they react if Jazz Jennings used their bathroom?

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By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.