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Poll: Majority of Americans Support Transgender Troops

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A group of demonstrators gather in front of the U.S. Embassy in London to protest against Donald Trump's latest announcement that transgender troops will not be allowed to serve in any capacity in the US military on July 28, 2017. (Rex Features via AP Images)

By    |   Thursday, 03 Aug 2017 01:02 PM

A large majority of American voters believe transgender people should be allowed to serve in the military and they overwhelmingly disapprove of the way Republican lawmakers have handled healthcare by 5-1, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll released Thursday.

The poll of 1,125 voters, conducted July 27-Aug. 1, shows:

  • 68 – 27 percent, including 55 – 39 percent in military households, believe transgender people should be allowed to serve in the military.
  • 60 – 32 percent of Republicans oppose transgender service, but every other party, gender, education, age or racial group supports it by margins of 22 percentage points or higher.
  • 89 – 8 percent of American voters said it should be illegal for an employer to discriminate against an employee based on sexual orientation.
  • 46 percent of voters said more acceptance of transgender people would be "a good thing for the country," with only 14 percent saying it would be "bad" and 39 percent saying it would not make much difference.

"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.'"

Asked about the Republican efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, which have all failed so far:

  • 80 – 15 percent of American voters said they disapprove of the way Republicans in Congress are handling healthcare.
  • 60 – 32 percent Republicans disapprove.
  • 64 – 25 percent of voters disapprove of Republican ideas to replace the Affordable Care Act.
  • 59 – 34 percent of voters disapprove of the way Democrats in Congress are handling healthcare.
  • Only 22 percent of American voters said President Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress should repeal all of the Affordable Care Act.
  • Another 40 percent said repeal parts of Obamacare and 33 percent of voters said don't repeal any of it.
  • 81 – 14 percent of voters, including 76 – 17 percent among Republicans, said there should be bipartisan hearings on any new healthcare law to replace Obamacare.
  • 69 – 26 percent of voters, including 52 – 39 percent among Republicans, oppose decreasing federal funding for Medicaid.
  • Replacing the current healthcare system with a single payer system in which Medicare covers every American citizen is a good idea, voters said 51 – 38 percent.

Malloy said of the healthcare results: "Nobody gets high marks … but Republicans take a crushing blow. The message: Start over and do it right."

The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.4 percentage points.

The independent Quinnipiac poll regularly surveys about political races, state and national elections, and issues of public concern, such as schools, taxes, transportation, municipal services and the environment.

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