More than 2/3 say transgender people should be allowed to serve in military

And by an overwhelming margin of 89-8 percent, American voters think it should be unlawful for an employer to discriminate against an employee based on his or her sexual orientation.
By David Sims | Aug 09, 2017
A new Quinnipiac University Poll released Monday shows that by a 68-27 percent margin, American voters think transgender people should be permitted to serve in the military.

Although Republicans surveyed opposed transgender service by 60-32 percent, "every other party, gender, education, age or racial group supports transgender service by margins of 22 percentage points or higher," a Quinnipiac statement said.

"They put on uniforms and face the same risks as their brothers and sisters in arms for little reward other than protecting their country," said Tim Malloy, director for the Quinnipiac University Poll. "Voters say a soldier is a soldier, no matter what his/her gender identity is."

And by an overwhelming margin of 89-8 percent, American voters think it should be unlawful for an employer to discriminate against an employee based on his or her sexual orientation.

In other findings, the poll finds great dissatisfaction among voters about the way congressional Republicans are handling health care, disapproving by a margin of 80-15 percent. Less than a quarter of voters only 22 percent want Congress to repeal the entire Affordable Care Act.

Voters also voiced strong support 81-14 percent for bipartisan hearings on changes to the health care law. Even Republicans agreed by a margin of 76-17 percent.

"Nobody get high marks on health care, but Republicans take a crushing blow," Malloy said.

The poll surveyed 1,125 voters across the nation from July 27-August 1. It has a margin of error of +/- 3.4 percentage points.

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