NEW POLL: Transgender Issues Are Toxic for Democrats

October 18, 2017

by Jon Schweppe


American Principles Project released a new poll this week showing that issues surrounding the transgender phenomenon are “toxic” for Democrats, especially when they involve children.

The poll, conducted last week by Revily, Inc., surveyed 341 likely voters in the Virginia 13th District House of Delegates race between incumbent Republican Del. Bob Marshall and Democrat Danica Roem, a transgender activist. The poll, which was not a “push poll” as Roem falsely claimed to the media, specifically did not mention Roem’s “gender identity” and asked voters for their preferred candidate prior to asking about specific issues.

The results were very revealing:

Q5.) “On a radio show, Danica Roem said that she supports teaching children as young as 5 years old about transgenderism, including the possibility for them to change their gender. Does this make you more or less likely to support Danica?”

  • 57 percent of voters were less likely to support Roem (43 percent much less likely).
  • 60 percent of independents were less likely to support Roem.
  • 31 percent of Democrats were less likely to support Roem.

Q6.) “Danica Roem supports a statewide law that mandates every school allow boys into girls’ shower facilities and locker rooms. Does this make you more or less likely to support Danica?”

  • 61 percent of voters were less likely to support Roem (47 percent much less likely).
  • 66 percent of independents were less likely to support Roem.
  • 31 percent of Democrats were less likely to support Roem.

Q7.) “Danica Roem supports a policy that requires schools to allow boys to play on girls’ sports teams and compete in girls’ leagues. Does this make you more or less likely to support Danica?”

  • 56 percent of voters were less likely to support Roem (45 percent much less likely).
  • 59 percent of independents were less likely to support Roem.
  • 28 percent of Democrats were less likely to support Roem.

In a statement to the media, Terry Schilling, executive director of American Principles Project, argued that these issues were “toxic” for Roem:

These extreme policy positions are clearly very concerning to voters in the 13th District and will be a serious problem for Roem over the next couple weeks leading up to the election. If I were Bob Marshall, these are the only issues I’d be talking about right now.

Most voters still remain queasy about transgender issues, especially when it comes to children. A sizable number of Democrats oppose Roem’s radical policies. It will be interesting to see what happens in the Virginia 13th District race over the next several weeks as the specifics of Roem’s agenda come to light.

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Jon Schweppe is the Director of Government Affairs for American Principles Project. Follow him on Twitter @JonSchweppe

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