More than half of those surveyed by the Washington Post-Maryland University May 4-17 said that while they show familiarity and tolerance for transgender people, they oppose allowing transgender sportspeople to compete with other women at the professional, college and high school level.
According to the survey, 55 percent of Americans stated that they did not approve of transgender people competing with other girls and women in high school sports competitions, and 58 percent said they were against it for intercollegiate and professional sports.
On the other hand, 49 percent of young Americans opposed the competition of transgender people with other girls, while 33 percent said it should be allowed, and 17 percent said they had no opinion on this matter.
Critics say transgender people often have an unfair physical advantage over women due to factors such as greater muscle mass and “testosterone levels that can help boost athletic performance.”
With a new decision last week, Louisiana joins 17 other states that have banned transgender people from competing in women’s sports groups.
In another survey conducted by the Pew Research Center on the same day, it was reported that 0.6 percent of Americans self-identified as transgender, but this increased to 2 percent between the ages of 18 and 29.