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Biased Saint Louis U. poll still finds public is opposed to ‘medical care’ for trans kids

A strategically worded public opinion poll by Saint Louis University and YouGov still show that the public is overwhelmingly opposed to, as the poll calls it, “gender transition medical care.”

When Missouri voters were asked “Do you favor or oppose allowing someone younger than 18 to receive gender transition medical care like gender affirming surgery?” 73 percent of respondents opposed.

This includes 93 percent of Republicans and 45 percent of Democrats.

The question “Do you favor or oppose allowing someone younger than 18 to receive gender transition medical care like: hormone therapy or medication that can temporarily prevent the effects of puberty?” shows only a slight decrease in opposition — 63 percent of all voters (92 Republican, 25 Democrat).

There were similar results when it comes to allowing transgender athletes to compete on teams which “match their gender identity” — 67 percent of all voters oppose; 95 percent of Republicans.

On the other hand, voters split on the issue of minors getting “gender affirming counseling,” 44 percent in favor, 44 percent opposed.

When it comes to books containing LGBTQ themes, question bias again is an issue. As a SLU press release notes, “Republican lawmakers have proposed limiting library and school materials available to minors, such as those that address sexually explicit material.”

MORE: Professor: Republicans using ‘Nazi playbook’ with attacks on ‘gender-affirming’ care

However, “sexually explicit” is not mentioned in the actual poll questions.

The questions merely ask “Do you favor or oppose public schools being allowed to: ban books with stories about gay or lesbian youth?/ban books with stories about transgender youth?”

Fifty-four percent of all voters oppose bans on LGBTQ-themed books (26 percent of Republicans, 85 percent of Democrats).

Other poll results include:

— Only 35 percent of voters favor Joe Biden in the 2024 presidential election. 50 percent favor the GOP candidate, with Donald Trump the frontrunner.

— 52 percent of voters favor the U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down President Biden’s college loan forgiveness plan.

— 67 percent oppose colleges considering race in admissions.

— While Joe Biden only gets a 38 percent approval rating from Missouri voters (with 60 percent disapproval), the state’s GOP governor and two GOP U.S. senators have higher approval than disapproval figures.

— 68 percent of voters disagree that the United States is “on the right track.”

Read the full poll results and press release.

MORE: 1 in 4 Jesuit Catholic universities cover ‘gender-affirming treatment’

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Dave has been writing about education, politics, and entertainment for over 20 years, including a stint at the popular media bias site Newsbusters. He is a retired educator with over 25 years of service and is a member of the National Association of Scholars. Dave holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Delaware.