In U.S., 71% Support Transgender People Serving in Military

This article is the third in a monthlong series on Americans' views about LGBT issues. Gallup will release new findings every Thursday in June. Gallup's trends, including some extending back four decades, can be found here.

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- As President Donald Trump's ban on most transgender military service members continues to face legal challenges, 71% of Americans support allowing openly transgender men and women to serve in the military.

These data are from a May 15-30 Gallup poll, which was conducted prior to a recent U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision that allows the ban to stand for the time being, but calls for a review of the policy that could still jeopardize its legal standing. On Tuesday, the House of Representatives voted to block funding to implement the policy -- though the measure's chances of passing in the GOP-controlled Senate, much like the recently passed Equality Act, are unlikely.

Majorities of Americans across nearly all key demographic groups, except for Republicans, support allowing transgender men and women to serve in the U.S. military. Republicans (43%) are far less likely than Democrats (88%) and independents (78%) to support allowing trans servicemembers.

A small majority of adults with military experience (56%) say that transgender people should be allowed to serve, though nonveterans are more likely to say this (73%).

Women are more likely than men to support transgender military service, and support is higher among younger adults than older Americans.

These findings about Americans' views of transgender people serving in the military are similar to Gallup's polling in the years leading up to the 2010 repeal of the military's Don't Ask Don't Tell policy, which barred gays and lesbians from serving openly. At the time, Gallup found that most Americans supported allowing openly gay servicemembers.

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