According to an Axios poll of over 5,000 Americans, one in three Democrats support transgender athletes competing in the Olympics.
While party leaders have expressed support for transgender athletes, the poll suggested voters are split on the issue. 35 percent of Democrats approve, 25 percent suggest athletes compete as their assigned gender, seven percent disapprove of trans-athlete inclusion, and 33 percent are unsure. In total, the exclusive poll found 53 percent of all Americans oppose the policy.
The International Olympics Committee has established rules regarding trans-athletes, including testosterone quotas and minimum trans-identification requirements. Numerous athletes are participating in the Tokyo Games, including New Zealand weightlifter Laurel Hubbard and American BMX rider Chelsea Wolfe.
Inclusion of the trans community has found its way into athletics, bathrooms, school sex-ed courses, and worker’s health benefits. The recent Axios poll suggests the issue is not equally split along party lines.
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