The YouGov/Economist poll (31st July - 1st August) comes after Donald Trump tweeted on the 26th of July that he had decided that transgender individuals would no longer be allowed to serve in the US military – “in any capacity”.
After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow......— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2017
....Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military. Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming.....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2017
....victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail. Thank you— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2017
The tweets caused a fierce backlash, particularly on social media.
The Guardian has since reported that a significant number of ex-military leaders have written a letter, calling for a change in position.
“This proposed ban, if implemented, would cause significant disruptions, deprive the military of mission-critical talent, and compromise the integrity of transgender troops who would be forced to live a lie, as well as non-transgender peers who would be forced to choose between reporting their comrades or disobeying policy.”
On top of that, the latest YouGov poll points to strong opposition to the policy.
Its findings suggest that 52% of Americans disapprove of such a ban while just 34% are in favour of it. Out of the four options, “strongly disapprove” was the most picked response on 39%.
Clearly, there is strong opposition to the ban.
Unsurprisingly, respondents were split along party lines with 74% of Democrats saying they disapprove of the ban (with 63% strongly disapproving), and 63% of Republicans saying they approve of it.
Furthermore, 69% of 2016 Trump voters approve of the ban while 85% of Clinton voters disapprove.
The ban may have grabbed Trump the headlines, and he may have support from his base, but to the wider American public, the ban is clearly at odds with popular opinion.
The full results of the poll can be found here.