- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 1, 2015

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - A national survey conducted by the University of Illinois-Springfield shows positive attitudes toward the rights of transgendered people.

Springfield’s WTAX-AM reports (https://bit.ly/1IATGBH ) the survey conducted online of 774 people shows 81 percent supportive of those who are transgendered having the same rights as the rest of us. However, only 41 percent support using public funds to help provide medical treatment for them.

Associate professor of political science Jason Pierceson says information about needs of the transgendered community in terms of politics, policy, and law is lacking. He says the more education there is, the more hearts and minds will be changed.

According to Pierceson, there is not a lot of information about many policies and issues concerning the transgendered. He adds minds are likely to be swayed if the person knows someone who is transgendered.

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