About half of U.S. likely voters say they think allowing transgenders to serve the military has virtually no harmful effect on the nation’s Armed Forces, a new Rasmussen survey finds.
Voters were asked if they agreed or disagreed with a declaration made by President Joe Biden in his executive order issued on January 25 of this year:
Agree or Disagree: “Allowing transgender individuals to serve in the military does not have any meaningful negative impact on the Armed Forces.”
Biden’s executive order says he believes that there is “substantial evidence” to support his claim:
“It is my conviction as Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces that gender identity should not be a bar to military service. Moreover, there is substantial evidence that allowing transgender individuals to serve in the military does not have any meaningful negative impact on the Armed Forces.”
According to Rasmussen’s survey of 1,000 U.S. likely voters, conducted March 2-3, 2021, 48% agree with Biden, while 41% disagree and 11% are “Not Sure.”
Wealthy voters are far more likely than those of more moderate means to concur with Biden that transgenders don’t harm the U.S. military. Seventy-seven percent (77%) of those earning more than $200,000 a year agree, compared to 42% of those earning less than $30,000 annually. About half (48%) of those earning $30,000-$200,000 say that transgenders have no negative effect.
By party, voters differ widely in their opinions on the topic. Among Republicans, 60% say having transgenders openly serve in the military is harmful, 32% find it innocuous and 9% aren’t sure. Meanwhile, 67% of Democrats see nothing wrong with transgenders serving, 25% say it is harmful, and 9% are not sure what they think.