Approximately 9 out of 10 Americans (89%) said that transgender people deserve equal rights under the law
Data from the August and September Religion and Politics Tracking Surveys demonstrated high levels of support for legislative action on protecting transgender citizens from discrimination, with 89% of Americans saying that trans people deserve equal rights.
This majority spanned religious divides with 83% of white evangelical Protestants, 93% Catholics, and 95% of religious but unaffiliated people saying they support such rights.
The breakdown of data by political affiliation had 86% of Republicans, 94% Independents, and 92% of Democrats saying trans people deserve the same rights as other Americans.
The overall figure of support dipped slightly but remained strong at 81% when respondents were asked if legal protections for gay and lesbian people should be extended to include transgender citizens.
Still, the results suggest that strong majorities from every religious group would like to see Congress pass laws to protect transgender people from job discrimination. Noteworthy, perhaps, that among white evangelical Protestants, a demographic that has traditionally demonstrated a hostility toward LGBT rights, 65% reported favoring such action.
The political breakdown of responses to this question was similarly illuminating, with 55% of Republicans agreeing that Congress should pass job protections for trans people, while 79% of Independents and 86% of Democrats also favored the move.
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