Most Americans strongly disapprove of Trump’s transgender military ban

A new YouGov poll suggests that Trump is on the wrong side of the American people when it comes banning transgender individuals from the military.

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”.

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.

In the letter, they said:

“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.

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