Poll: Support for Gender Binary Increases in America

A new poll released by the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) reveals that an increasing majority of Americans support the idea that there are only two genders.

The poll asked more than 5,400 Americans to give their opinions on the gender binary, relationships with “LGBTQ people,” and the role of public schools in teaching sex and gender identity. The poll focused on different ethnic and religious groups in the U.S., breaking down the results by generation.

PPRI found that 65% of Americans, up from 59% in 2021, say there are only two genders: male and female. These views are highly salient, as 50% of Americans “feel strongly” that there are two genders, while 15% believe there are two genders but do not feel strongly about it. Only 14% of Americans believe strongly that there are more than two genders.

The poll revealed sharp partisan differences. 90% of Republicans support the gender binary, with 80% feeling strongly about it. 44% of Democrats agree, up from 38% in 2021. 66% of independents also believe in two genders, up from 60%.

Support for the traditional view on gender increased or remained constant in every polled demographic. The most dramatic increases were in “Other Protestants of Color” (increase from 52% to 73%), Hispanic Catholics (48% to 66%), and “Other non-Christian religion” (42% to 55%). White evangelicals had the highest support (92%), while Jewish Americans had the lowest (44%), even lower than the unaffiliated (46%). (Read more from “Poll: Support for Gender Binary Increases in America” HERE)

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