Americans were asked if trans athletes should be permitted to compete against naturally-born women
Trans swimmer Lia Thomas has been among those to face scrutiny. © Mike Comer / NCAA Photos via Getty Images
Only around 3 of 10 Americans believe that trans females should be permitted to compete in women’s sports, according to new polling data published by the Washington Post.
The results of the poll, which was conducted last month and involved more than 1,500 people, found that 55% of respondees were against trans women competing in sports against cisgender women, in what is the latest study into a fiercely divisive issue in the United States and elsewhere.
In addition to the 30% who supported the right of trans athletes to compete without restriction in their chosen sport, a further 15% said that they had no opinion on the matter.
The results of the poll comes days after Louisiana became the latest state to ban transgender athletes from playing on female sports teams. This makes at least 18 states in the country to have adopted this stance.