A new poll found that a much greater number of registered voters approved of what is in Florida’s parental rights law when it is accurately described to them than those that opposed it.
Supporters of the law have decried efforts in the media to label the legislation as the “Don’t Say Gay” bill in order to mislead the public and foster opposition to the law.
A poll released on Wednesday from Public Opinion Strategies found that 61% of those polled supported the law when it was described accurately, and only 26% opposed the law. Even among Democrats, 55% said they supported the bill while only 29% said they opposed the bill.
Support for the bill increased when the poll focused on parents, 70% of which approved of the bill while only 24% said they opposed it.
Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed the legislation into law on Tuesday despite the outrage that included many falsely claiming the law banned anyone from using the word “gay” in schools.
The poll instead uses text from the legislation itself to gauge public opinion.
“Classroom instruction by school personnel or third parties on sexual orientation or gender identity may not occur in Kindergarten through third grade or in a manner that is not age appropriate or developmentally appropriate for students in accordance with state standards.”
The poll also found that only one in 10 Americans supported the policy of removing gender from birth certificates in order to accommodate alternate gender designations.
When registered voters were asked if transgender athletes should be only allowed to compete in sports competitions that match their birth genders, 60% agreed with the statement while only 24% disagreed.
The poll was conducted among 1,000 registered voters with online surveys between March 25 and 28.
Here’s more about the law:
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