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Voters Overwhelmingly Reject Gov’t Involvement In Sexuality & Gender Identity, Poll Finds

WASHINGTON, DC — A new COURIER / Data For Progress poll released today shows an overwhelming majority of Americans believe the government has no place in discussions of a person’s sexuality or gender identity.


When asked to think about government involvement in a person’s sexuality and gender identity, 88% of respondents said they most identified with this statement: “The government should not have a say in personal matters like a person’s sexual preference or gender identity.”

A plurality of voters (48%) oppose laws that would restrict discussions about sexual orientation and LGBTQ history in classrooms and limit transgender rights. Additionally, a plurality of voters (39%) said they would be much less likely to vote for a candidate who would support laws that discriminate against LGBTQ individuals in schools.

The poll also found that voters seem to reject the most extreme examples of anti-LGBTQ laws/sentiments. A majority (55%) oppose Texas’ directive targeting transgender youth and their families. Additionally, a majority (55%) of voters do not buy right-wing talking accusation of “grooming,” saying that teachers and parents that support discussions about sexual orientation and gender identity in school are not groomers.

While voters in general oppose anti-LGBTQ policies in schools, a majority of voters have heard only a little about the recent push in GOP-led state legislatures to target LGBTQ education.

From April 13 to 17, 2022, Data for Progress conducted a survey of 1,155 likely voters nationally using web panel respondents. The sample was weighted to be representative of likely voters by age, gender, education, race, and voting history. The survey was conducted in English. The margin of error is ±3 percentage points. Full results.


RC Di Mezzo