Matt Bush, FISM News
A new national poll revealed that 62% of likely midterm voters think that gender activists are going too far with their demands, including their insistence that biological males be allowed to compete in women’s sports.
The poll, conducted by Competitive Edge Research, and first reported on by the Daily Caller, asked 1,010 likely American voters questions that included, “As you think about the activism on gender and sexual identity issues in the United States over the past few years, do you think the people pushing for change are…” with three possible responses, “Going too far,” “About right,” and “Not going far enough.”
The results of the poll showed that 62% of respondents said that activists are “going too far” and only 10% said they are “not going far enough.”
Much of the poll centered on questions surrounding gender activism in schools, a platform that has already seen great success within the Republican party.
Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin, as previously reported by FISM, won the gubernatorial race in Virginia by “making schools the front line in U.S. culture wars” and by “focusing on parental anger over the way schools have addressed race and gender and the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Last November, at the time of Youngkin’s election, U.S. House of Representatives Republican leader Kevin McCarthy said, “The one thing you will find is, the Republican Party will be the party of education.” Recent polling shows that McCarthy’s prediction is holding true.
While the Democratic platform pushes an increasingly progressive view of gender both in and out of schools, voters are not following that lead, and it could be one of the deciding factors in the upcoming midterm elections.
The nonprofit “Parents Defending Education” released some other results of the poll. According to their website, 71% of respondents opposed allowing biological males to play for girls’ sports teams, and 73% of Hispanic voters opposed allowing biological males to use female locker rooms.
Outside of sports, 59% of Democratic voters opposed allowing biological males to share sleeping quarters with females. Three out of four respondents, 75%, opposed the proposed change to Title IX that would lead to disciplinary measures if students and teachers did not use the pronoun that a student prefers.
Gender activists describe Americans’ view of gender as “complicated” and claim that the most are “changing” towards a more dynamic view of what gender is. This poll, along with other similar data, shows that this may not be the case.
A recent poll from Pew Research shows similar findings. While it shows that Americans largely support laws that would protect transgender individuals from discrimination, the majority of Americans do not believe that gender is fluid or can be changed after birth.
According to that poll, 80% of Americans believe that transgender persons are discriminated against on some level and should be legally protected, but less than 40% believe that a person’s gender can be different from the gender that was assigned at birth.
“In many ways, some of the most contentious and deeply divisive issues in politics are anchored in the classroom and playing out in school boards across America,” the authors wrote.
It appears that many Democrats and gender ideology activists believe they should push their agenda harder to see more success in the polls.
Polls and political experts are reaching the opposite conclusion. Rather than pushing their agenda harder, “Experts say that Democrats have to pay close attention to these debates and shift the conversation away from the culture wars to avoid losses at the ballot box in 2022,” Demissie and Alfonseca wrote.