At CPAC, Trans Issues Dominated. But Do Voters Care?
From the speeches at this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), it would be easy to assume that transgender issues were the most pressing subject in American politics. In speech after speech, panel after panel, speakers hammered home the dangers of “gender ideology” and the importance of banning underage gender transitions and keeping school sports and bathrooms sex-segregated.
At CPAC, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R–Ga.) warned about a “billion-dollar industry that mutilates the genitals of children.” Presidential candidate and former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley said that President Joe Biden was making soldiers take “gender pronoun classes.” Conservative commentator Michael Knowles said, “Transgenderism must be eradicated from public life.” While their comments seemed to rile up the audience at CPAC, how do such statements play with the broader Republican base—or the independent voters they’ll need to sway in 2024?
Based on available polling data, not only do many self-identified Republicans and independents often have complex views on transgender issues, but it simply isn’t a topic that ranks highly in Americans’ political priorities.
According to a June 2022 poll from the Pew Research Center, Americans have surprisingly complex views on transgender issues, often supporting measures that protect transgender individuals from discrimination while expressing ambivalence in other areas. For example, almost two-thirds of respondents said they would support policies protecting transgender individuals from discrimination in “jobs, housing, and public spaces,” but only 38 percent said that someone’s gender can differ from their birth sex, a percentage that has actually been shrinking since 2017. Further, wh
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