Most Republicans Oppose Transgender People Serving in Military: Poll

Most Republicans asked in recent polling oppose transgender people serving in the military, according to a recent poll.

This comes after President Joe Biden signed an executive order reversing a ban on them being able to do so.

YouGov asked 6,131 U.S. adults on January 26: "Do you support or oppose allowing transgender people to serve in the military, assuming they meet all the requirements?"

Overall, 63 percent said they supported this—45 percent strongly and 18 percent somewhat.

However, Republicans were far less likely to back this.

More than half asked said they oppose it, with 39 percent strongly and 14 percent somewhat. Just more than a third of Republicans asked, 35 percent, said they supported it—14 percent strongly and 21 percent somewhat.

In contrast, 84 percent of Democrats supported it—66 percent strongly and 18 percent somewhat.

On Monday, Biden reversed a ban imposed by his predecessor Donald Trump on transgender people enlisting.

In 2017, Trump said in a tweet that the military "must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail."

Signing an order to reverse the bar to service enacted by Trump, one of several actions taken by the president to reverse those of his predecessor, Biden said: "What I'm doing is enabling all qualified Americans to serve their country in uniform, and essentially restoring the situation as it existed before, with transgender personnel, if qualified in every other way, can serve their government in the United States military."

The executive order read: "It is my conviction as Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces that gender identity should not be a bar to military service."

This order revoked Trump's 2018 memorandum that stated "transgender persons with a history or diagnosis of gender dysphoria—individuals who the policies state may require substantial medical treatment, including medications and surgery—are disqualified from military service except under certain limited circumstances."

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said on Monday that the move would stop people being barred on the basis of gender identity and any people who were discharged after the previous memorandum was issued would have their cases re-examined.

"With this EO, no one will be separated or discharged from the military or denied re-enlistment on the basis of gender identity. And for those transgender service members who were discharged or separated because of their gender identity, their cases will be re-examined," Psaki said.

"President Biden believes that gender identity should not be a bar to military service and that America's strength is found in its diversity. America is stronger at home and around the world when it is inclusive."

Newsweek has contacted the White House for comment on the poll results.

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President Joe Biden signs an Executive Order reversing Trump era ban on Transgender serving in the military while in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, D.C., on January 25, 2021. Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images