Transgender Bathrooms in Texas

During the Spring 2017 semester, the ESRL released its post-election survey results. ESRL employees and undergraduate students polled registered voters in the state of Texas. Respondents were asked one question about the transgender bathroom issue.

Results of the Transgender Bathroom Question

If you had to choose, which comes closest to your view? Transgender people should be:

Allowed to use the public restrooms of the gender with which they currently identify 37%

Required to use the public restrooms of the gender they were born into 49%

Don’t Know 10%

Refuse 4%

Most respondents (49%) think that transgender people should be required to use the public restrooms of the gender they were born into. However, 37% of Texans think that transgender people should be allowed to use the public restrooms of the gender with which they currently identify. Ten percent of the respondents are unsure and 4% of the respondents refused to answer the question.

Party ID Compared to Transgender Bathrooms in Texas

Republican Democrat Independent

Something Else

Allowed

11%

55% 49%

38%

Gender born into

80%

30% 31%

51%

Don’t Know

6%

8% 15%

8%

Refuse

3%

7% 4%

3%

When compared to party identification, 80% of the respondents who consider themselves to be a Republican think that transgender people should be required to use the public restrooms of the gender they were born into. The majority of Democrats (55%) and Independents (49%) think that transgender people should be allowed to use the public restrooms of the gender with which they currently identify. Most Texans (51%) who identify with a different political party also think that transgender people should be required to use the public restrooms of the gender they were born into.

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From March 20 to April 13, 2017, ESRL employees and undergraduate students conducted interviews as part of a class project who were enrolled in Political Analysis, taught by Dr. Jared Perkins, and Introduction to American Government, taught by Dr. Sara Norman.

The employees and students called registered voters in the state of Texas and had 442 completed surveys. Interviews were administered on both landline (28%) and cell phones (72%). The margin of error was ±4.6 at the 95% confidence interval. The sample was weighted based on age from the 2015 population estimate obtained from the Texas Demographic Center

The codebook can be found here: ESRL Spring 2017 Survey.

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