Five things we learnt about public attitudes and transgender rights…
by Vahsti Hale, Research Team Leader

In some relief from the relentless Brexit coverage, last week saw the publication of a Savanta ComRes poll for The Telegraph conducted in the wake of Martina Navratilova’s comments about transgender competitors in sports events. The results are an interesting reflection on the state of public opinion on the issue.

Here are five things they tell us:

  1. Approaching two thirds agree that Martina Navratilova was right to say that it is cheating for transgender women who were born male to compete in women’s sports events (63%).
  2. Significantly fewer women than men would be happy to use mixed-sex toilets in restaurants (36% vs. 52% respectively).
  3. People are fairly evenly split over whether children should be “encouraged from an early age to live out the gender they feel most comfortable with” (37% agree vs. 34% disagree).
  4. More than half of women say they would be happy sharing a mixed sex hospital ward with a transgender woman who was born male (55%), while more than a quarter disagree (27%) and one in five don’t know (18%).
  5. Most people welcome the move to ensure that transgender people are more widely accepted in society (62%).

If you would like to see the full results for yourself, they are available to download HERE.

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