Survey of GB adults on transgender issues.
- 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%).
- Significantly more men than women would be happy to use mixed-sex toilets in restaurants (52% vs. 36% respectively).
- Approaching half of adults agree that the movement towards transgender rights has gone too far (44%), while three in ten disagree (31%).
- People are broadly 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).
- More than four in ten would not be happy to use the changing facilities in a sports club or swimming pool in which transgender people who had not had surgical intervention were admitted (43%), while over a third agree (36%).
- Most adults welcome the move to ensure that transgender people are more widely accepted in society (62%), while one in five say they disagree (18%) and the same proportion don’t know (21%).
- Two in five people aged 35-44 don’t feel able to express their views about transgender rights in public for fear of being attacked for being a bigot (40%), compared to fewer than three in ten 18-24 year olds who say the same (28%).
- More than half of women 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%).
Date Published: 11/03/2019
Client: The Telegraph
ComRes surveyed 2,048 British adults online between 6th and 7th March 2019. Data were weighted to be representative of all British adults aged 18+. ComRes is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules.