Voters Say 68 – 27% Let Transgender People Serve, Quinnipiac Poll Finds

American voters say 68 – 27 percent, including 55 – 39 percent among voters in military households, that transgender people should be allowed to serve in the military, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll released today.

Republicans opposed transgender service 60 – 32 percent, but every other party, gender, education, age or racial group supports transgender service by margins of 22 percentage points or higher, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University Poll finds.

By an 89 – 8 percent margin, American voters say it should be illegal for an employer to discriminate against an employee based on sexual orientation.

More acceptance of transgender people would be “a good thing for the country,” 46 percent of voters say, as 14 percent say it would be “a bad thing” and 39 percent say it would not make much difference.

American voters disapprove 80 – 15 percent of the way Republicans in Congress are handling health care. Even Republicans disapprove 60 – 32 percent. Voters disapprove 64 – 25 percent of Republican ideas to replace Obamacare.

Voters disapprove 59 – 34 percent of the way Democrats in Congress are handling health care.

“They put on uniforms and face the same risks as their brothers and sisters in arms for little reward other than protecting their country,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.

“Voters say a soldier is a soldier, no matter what his/her gender identity is.

“Voters say, ‘Let them serve.’

“Nobody gets high marks on health care, but Republicans take a crushing blow. The message: Start over and do it right.”

Only 22 percent of American voters say President Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress should repeal all of the Affordable Care Act – Obamacare. Another 40 percent say repeal parts of Obamacare and 33 percent of voters say don’t repeal any of Obamacare.

American voters say 81 – 14 percent, including 76 – 17 percent among Republicans, that there should be bipartisan hearings on any new health care law to replace Obamacare.

Voters oppose 69 – 26 percent, including 52 – 39 percent among Republicans, decreasing federal funding for Medicaid.

Replacing the current health care system with a single payer system in which Medicare covers every American citizen is a good idea, voters say 51 – 38 percent. Democrats and Republicans in Congress

While still negative, the Democratic Party is ahead of the Republican Party in voter favorability: the Democrats get a negative 36 – 48 percent favorability, compared to the Republicans’ negative 22 – 64 percent favorability – a new low.

If the 2018 Congressional elections were held today, voters say 52 – 38 percent, including 48 – 37 percent among independent voters, they would like the Democrats to win control of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Voters say 53 – 39 percent, including 49 – 40 percent among independent voters, they would like to see the Democrats win control of the U.S. Senate.

American voters are divided 44 – 44 percent on whether Democrats or Republicans can do a better job handling the economy. Voter opinions on other issues are:

  • 56 – 29 percent that Democrats can do a better job on health care;
  • 43 – 43 percent split on who can do a better job on taxes;
  • 55 – 35 percent that Democrats can do better fighting for the working class. Voters support 54 – 44 percent raising the national minimum wage to $15 per hour.

From July 27 – August 1, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,125 voters nationwide with a margin of error of +/- 3.4 percentage points, including the design effect. Live interviewers call landlines and cell phones.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys nationwide, and in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio, Virginia, Iowa and Colorado as a public service and for research.

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