Most in new poll oppose laws restricting drag shows or performances

Associated Press/John Amis

Most adults said they oppose laws restricting drag shows or performances as Republicans in several states push to block the shows from being seen by children, according to a new poll. 

The results of an NPR-PBS NewsHour-Marist poll, released Wednesday, show 58 percent of respondents said they oppose laws restricting the performances, while 39 percent said they support them. Democrats are the most likely to oppose such laws, with almost three-quarters of them saying they are opposed, but 57 percent of independents and 37 percent of Republicans also said they do not support them. 

Drag queen poll

Tennessee became the first state in the country earlier this month to prohibit what the state law calls “adult cabaret performances” from happening within 1,000 feet of schools, public parks or places of worship. Republicans have introduced bills to restrict drag performances in more than a dozen other states. 

Pollsters also found that a majority of respondents oppose laws that ban gender-affirming care for children under 18, with 54 percent saying they oppose it. That includes 68 percent of Democrats, 56 percent of independents and 35 percent of Republicans. 

Still, the percentage of people who support these types of laws has increased in recent years, rising from 28 percent in April 2021 to 43 percent now. 

Iowa and Georgia joined several other GOP-led states last week in approving legislation to ban at least certain gender-affirming care for youth. 

The poll found a split in views among parents with children under 18 and those without. Almost 60 percent of parents who have children under 18 said they support laws banning gender-affirming care for youth, while about the same amount of those without children under 18 said the same. 

The poll was conducted from March 20 to 23 among 1,327 U.S. adults. The margin of error was 3.5 percentage points.

11 thoughts on “Most in new poll oppose laws restricting drag shows or performances

  1. Here’s a/the pertinent snippet:
    “Hobson-Garcia said:

    “I have just one question for you: To the sponsor of this bill, do you want me in the women’s restroom with you? Because if this bill passes, you’ll be requiring trans men like me to use the women’s restroom or face criminal punishment.”
    “This is rooted in trans misogyny, which is a hatred of trans women. It’s rooted in your hatred of non-passing trans people because being faced with trans people makes you uncomfortable.”
    “You haven’t even stopped to consider the trans people who look like me who have passing privilege, which means I’m perceived as cisgender, most of the time. You haven’t even considered what me following the law would look like.”
    He then pointed out what would likely happen should the bill become law, emphasizing how it would endanger his safety and the safety of others in the transgender community:

    “It looks like me in the stall next to the females with my low voice and my facial hair. It looks like me with characteristics that terrify people when they’re seen on trans women. It looks like me bringing discomfort and potentially traumatic experiences to women if I follow the law.”
    “When this bathroom ban passes, it also puts my safety at risk. What happens when husbands see me following their wives into restrooms?” …
    “If you pass this bill today, know that you’re forcing me to use the bathroom with your daughters, wives, mothers, and sisters.”
    Many praised Hobson-Garcia for speaking out and condemned the Florida legislature for proposing the bill.”

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    1. Hello Ali. Thank you for these comments. I have made the same points before with pictures of both passing trans men and passing trans women. The problem is the entire issue is people use their own visual idea of what is a woman or what is a man. That shouldn’t matter. Seriously forget how people look, just do what you went in the bathroom to do, they will do what they came in to do and unless you go to the bathroom to make friends ignore anyone else in there. That is what most men do, we don’t speak or hardly even nod to each other, we go in, do our thing, keep to our self and leave. Hugs

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      1. But it is not the same for women, Scottie. Most women prefer privacy … for several reasons.

        I don’t know the answer to this situation, but I CAN understand why women would be bothered by a transman in the bathroom with them, even if it’s based on appearance alone.

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        1. Hello Nan. You say most women, but the polls don’t hold out that most women agree with you. I agree you have a right to how you feel in a bathroom, public or not. But also you say you even understand it is mostly is a reaction of training to how someone looks. I was just watching a video on how attacks on cis women are on the rise in public bathrooms in the UK because of the anti-trans rhetoric has people taking it on themselves to challenge anyone who doesn’t look female enough for them based on stereotypes. Plus how can you look at a bearded man walking into a women’s public bathroom and feel happy they are there because of laws that say because they were born female but identify and live as a man / male they must use the female bathroom. It makes no sense Nan to use looks or gender assigned at birth as criteria. If someone is not running around the common area showing their genitalia, what does it matter? You can not be sure of their gender, they could just be not attractive looking, not be masculine or feminine enough looking. Trust me I see actors on the shows Ron watches that he swears are male but I wouldn’t put money on it. He watches a lot of Asian drama stuff. A lot of them guys are really pretty.

          In Germany as a young 20 year old skinny kid I was the base theater group. The US military then put a lot of money into staffing and running stage theaters at bases for the troops to use and go to. I loved it. Once a year, the director of the base theater would bring in a professional makeup artist who did stage / TV / movie work to show us all how to do it. The director asked me to be a model. When that make up person got done with the makeup, wig, dressing me up, and all the other stuff I look like a pretty girl. Yes I who am a rather plain looking man walked around base getting hit on by straight guys for an afternoon. It was eerie and strange, but it did open my eyes. If I had gone into a women’s bathroom, I would have passed. But she was really good at what she did, I couldn’t have done that on my own at all, and did not want to repeat it every again. Next year when asked, I passed on being a model.

          I know what you meant in your comment but for those who are reading along I want to clear up a misconception. A trans man wouldn’t be in a female bathroom, they are identifying as male, they would use a male bathroom. A trans woman uses the women’s bathroom as they are identifying as female. Hugs


  2. Totally off-topic and not intending a hijack, but also a must-see; it is video, but it’s John Oliver. . Linked from this article by a young local man:

    I shudder to think what comments could look like, but maybe they’ve turned them off on this one. But it’s not my blog.

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