A new poll released last week shows
Americans are divided on whether transgender people should be allowed
to use the bathroom of their choice.
According to a CBS News/New York
Times survey released Thursday, slightly more respondents remain
Forty-six percent of respondents said
that transgender people should be required to use the bathroom that
corresponds with their gender at birth, while 41 percent said that
they should be able to access the bathroom that they identify with.
While a majority (60%) of Democrats
said that transgender people should be allowed to use the bathroom of
their choice, a larger share (65%) of Republicans said the opposite.
A majority (57%) of respondents said
that such policies as they relate to students such be determined by
state and local governments, while 35 percent said that the federal
government should decide.
The issue has dominated headlines since
North Carolina in March became the first state to adopt a law
prohibiting transgender people from using the bathroom of their
choice in government buildings, including schools.