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Americans Like Transgender Soldiers More Than They Like Trump

Americans Like Transgender Soldiers More Than They Like Trump

“I confidently believe that some people are setting the foundation for genocide.”

Americans like transgender service members more than they like Trump.

That was one takeaway from a Quinnipiac University public opinion poll released last week. It was also the headline of an LGBTQ Nation article about the survey.

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While Quinnipiac did not ask respondents to make the direct comparison, it did find that 70 percent of Americans think transgender people should be allowed to serve in the military, compared to 22 percent who they they shouldn’t. By comparison, Trump’s approval rating was found to be 38 percent, compared to a 53 percent disapproval rating.

However, leaving Democrats out of it, only 40 percent of Republicans were found to support transgender military service, compared to 50 percent opposed. Fully 84 percent of Republicans expressed support for Trump, compared to just 11 percent who said they do not like the job he’s doing.

When Trump announced the ban on transgender service members in a July 2017 tweet trifecta, the numbers were more or less than same, according to Quinnipiac: 68 percent in favor versus 27 percent opposed.

Trump’s argument was that transgender troops unacceptably compromise the military’s budget and its focus on “overwhelming” victory.

“Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming … victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail.”

The Obama administration concluded otherwise when it overturned ban on open trans military service in 2016. The Department of Defense argued at the time that it “must have access to 100 percent of America’s population for its all-volunteer force to be able to recruit from among the most highly qualified, and to retain them.”

The notion of military readiness is vague enough to leave plenty of room for expert debate on the matter. But the “Trump derangement syndrome” triggered by the Supreme Court’s recent overturning of lower court injunctions on the ban was clear. 

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Cover image: Donald Trump unfurls an LGBT flag at a campaign rally in Greeley, Colorado, on Oct. 30, 2016. (Screen grab from YouTube)

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