Most Americans don’t think children should be able to choose their own “preferred pronoun” that doesn’t match their biological sex, according to a new poll.
A Harvard-Harris poll in late May found that 59% of Americans think children should be called the pronoun that matches their biological sex, and 60% think preferred pronouns are an “overkill that does more to confuse kids.” on their gender.
Conversely, 41% of Americans believe that “children should be able to choose their pronouns” and 40% believe that calling children by these pronouns “prevents discrimination”.
The only three demographic groups that maintain a majority for thinking children should be called by preferred pronouns are Democrats (61%), 18-34 year olds (56%) and those who live in an urban area (53%) .
Republicans and Independents both believe children should be referred to by their biological sex, 77% and 64%, respectively. The male and female demographic groups agree at 60% and 59%, respectively.
Similarly, parents (59%) and non-parents (58%) believe that children should not be able to choose their pronouns.
When it comes to using favorite pronouns in school, most Americans also agree.
When asked if teachers should be “required to use the pronouns children say they want to use or risk losing their jobs or if teachers should have discretion to use pronouns as they see fit” , 63% of respondents felt that the teacher should have discretion, with only 37% believing it should be mandatory. The poll doesn’t seem to ask whether teachers should be banned from using preferred pronouns altogether.
Broken down by demographics, only two groups hold a majority in believing teaching jobs should be at risk for not using preferred pronouns: Democrats (56%) and people ages 18-34 (54%). Republicans hold the largest majority believing teachers should exercise discretion at 79%, and Independents agree at 67%.
Similarly, large majorities of men and women also agree, at 66% and 61%, respectively.
Additionally, 73% of respondents think it shouldn’t be “considered illegal discrimination if you don’t use someone’s chosen pronouns”, and only 27% think it should be.
Gender ideology, like critical race theory, has been at the center of the educational debate in America that seems to pit the power of public schools against the interests of parents and families.
Breccan F. Thiès is a reporter for Breitbart News. You can follow him on Twitter @BreccanFThies.