Idaho: Majority Approve Law to Protect Female Athletes from Transgender Competitors 

A poll conducted by Spry Strategies and the Women’s Liberation Front (WOLF) revealed what Idaho and California voters think about Idaho’s new law that protects female athletes from competing against biological male athletes who “identify” as a woman.

WOLF issued a press release about the findings:

While radical feminists and conservative Christians have together been the mainstay of organized opposition to the increasingly strange demands of the gender identity movement, these polling numbers show that our positions are solidly within the mainstream of opinion, in both red Idaho, and blue California.

Seventy-nine percent of likely voters in Idaho, and 74 percent of likely voters in California, agree with us that boys and men should not be allowed to identify their way into female-only sporting competitions.

These results track with previous polling that Spry performed for the American Principles Project this July, where an average of 77 percent of voters across ten battleground states—Arizona , Georgia , Iowa , Kentucky , Michigan , Montana , North Carolina , Pennsylvania , Texas , and Wisconsin—also disagreed with letting boys and men compete against girls and women.

The law, named the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act or House Bill 500, sponsored by State Rep. Barbara Ehardt and signed by Gov. Brad Little in March,was the first of its kind to be passed in the United States. It prohibited transgender girls and women from competing in sports consistent with their gender identity and had the support of 66 percent of likely Idaho voters.

HB 509, a law requiring vital statistics and birth records to be kept based on physical sex, sponsored by State Rep. Julianne Young and also signed by Little in March, had the support of 58 percent of likely Idaho voters, according to WOLF.

On the question of performing medical gender experiments on minors, 85 percent of likely voters in Idaho, and 74 percent of likely voters in California, disagree with allowing minors to access procedures that can sterilize them for life through hormone treatments or surgery, WOLF said in their statement.

”The policies being pushed by gender extremists cut against the majority opinions of likely voters in both California, and Idaho. They should stop trying to win this debate by falsely describing themselves as representing the popular will,” Natasha Chart, board chairwoman of the Women’s Liberation Front, said of the poll.

The Idaho and California statewide surveys were conducted by interviews from August 29 to September 1 among a random sample of 600 likely voters. Both surveys have a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

About Catherine Smith

Catherine Smith is a newcomer to Washington D.C. She met, and married an American journalist and moved to D.C from the U.K. She graduated with a B.A in Graphic, Media and Communications and worked in design and retail in the U.K.

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