- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Turns out most Americans oppose biological girls and boys having to compete against transgender athletes in sports.

A poll released Tuesday showed 55% of Americans say they oppose having biological men and boys compete in girls’ high school sports and 58% oppose it from happening in college and professional sports.

Roughly 30% of Americans sided with transgender women, saying they should be able to compete against biological girls at all levels. The remaining 15 % had no opinion, according to The Washington Post-University of Maryland survey.

The issue of transgender athletes has been getting increased attention since University of Pennsylvania swimmer Lia Thomas became the first transgender athlete to win an NCAA Division I title.

Republican-run states have passed laws this year banning transgender female students from playing girls’ or women’s sports in public schools and colleges.

The new survey showed that 68% of respondents said transgender girls have an edge if they are allowed to compete against biological girls, compared to 30% who said neither have an advantage. The remaining 2% said biological girls have an edge.

The poll was conducted from May 4 to May 17 and included 1,503 people across the U.S. The survey had a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

• Seth McLaughlin can be reached at smclaughlin@washingtontimes.com.

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