Douglas Andrews / March 12, 2021

Transgender Athletics Hits a Wall

A new poll indicates that the American people have had enough of letting biological men compete against women in sports.

Maybe, just maybe, we’ve reached the high-water mark of this “transgender” madness — at least if the results of a recent Morning Consult poll are any indication. In it, the American people expressed overwhelming opposition to the notion of biological males competing against our daughters in sports.

As left-leaning Politico reported Wednesday, “Former President Donald Trump railed against transgender athletes in female sports in his [recent] CPAC speech. … Other prominent voices on the right have joined in, calling it an example of political correctness having a real-world impact. Our latest POLITICO/Morning Consult poll shows broad support for the GOP position, extending across gender, age and, to a lesser degree, party. Overall, 53% of registered voters support banning transgender athletes from competing in women’s sports, versus [32%] who oppose such a ban.”

The split along party lines is even perilous for the “transgender” crowd: Republicans support a ban by a whopping 74-15 margin, but even many Democrats, at 40-42, have a hard time supporting something they simply know to be abominable.

Earlier, we said the American people are “overwhelmingly” against this. But is a 53-32 margin really overwhelming? In this case, yes. How so? A full 16% of respondents fell into the “Don’t Know / No Opinion” category. But let’s think about it: How likely is it that this group has no opinion on one of the most controversial issues of the day? Any thoughtful analysis of these folks would find that they’re simply disinclined to trust the pollster with an “intolerant” response.

As we noted just a few days after Joe Biden’s inauguration, he decided that one of the most urgently unifying things he could do as president was to pass an executive order aimed at “preventing and combating discrimination on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation.” And so, with the stroke of a pen, he decreed that schools across the country must allow “transgender” athletes to participate in the sport of their gender “identity” — or risk losing funding.

Ah, their gender identity. Never mind the biological fact that men are, on average, bigger, stronger, and faster than women. No one disputes this. In addition, as Madeleine Kearns detailed in National Review, “Other well-documented physical advantages men have over women include height, weight, broader shoulders, greater circulating blood volume, greater resistance to dehydration, larger lung capacity, thicker skin, faster sensory frame shifting, more hemoglobin in the blood, greater upper-body strength, faster reaction times, greater bone density in the arms, larger sweat capacity, higher systolic blood pressure, higher muscle-to-fat ratio, and larger hearts.”

But beyond this encouraging polling, certain states are taking concrete action. Leading the way is Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves, who yesterday signed a bill that would ban “transgender” athletes from competing. Not far behind is Tennessee, where our colleague, state Representative Robin Smith, is cosponsoring a similar bill that would bar men from women’s sports.

Want more hope for the future of mankind? The Morning Consult poll indicates that Millennials (56%) are even more supportive of the “transgender” sports ban than the older Baby Boomers (50%) — perhaps because they’ve witnessed the rotten results of letting men compete against women.

Indeed, our daughters are the clear losers when they’re forced to fight this unfair fight. And maybe, just maybe, folks are starting to wake up to it.

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