A majority of Americans say transgender
people should be allowed to serve in the U.S. military.
According to a Reuters/Ipsos
opinion poll of 1,249 adults released on Friday, 58% of respondents
agreed with the statement, “Transgender people should be allowed to
serve in the military,” while 27% disagreed.
The poll was conducted in the wake of
President Donald Trump's announcement in a series of tweets on
Wednesday that the military will no longer “accept or allow”
transgender troops to serve “in any capacity.”
says military will bar transgender troops.)
The following day, the Pentagon
clarified that the policy on transgender troops had yet to change.
No official change has been made on transgender service.)
Democrats (83%) mostly oppose Trump's
proposed ban. Republicans are more evenly divided.
Forty-nine percent of Republicans said
that transgender Americans should be allowed to serve in the
military, while 32 percent remain opposed. Nineteen percent of
Republicans said they don't know.
Thirty-two percent of respondents said
that such a ban would “hurt morale,” while 17 percent said it
would “improve morale.” Thirty-three percent said it would “have
A plurality of respondents to the poll
(43%) said that prohibiting transgender service members would have
“no impact” on military capabilities. Twenty-two percent said
such a ban would make the military “less capable,” while 14
percent said “more capable.”