According to The Washington Post, a new poll from the Public Religion Research Institute shows that almost ⅔ of Americans oppose Trump’s transgender ban. Most notably, there has been an increase in the percentage of Republicans who support transgender people serving in the military from 37% in 2017 to 47% in 2019.
Another poll has also documented this change. In 2017, a Quinnipiac University Poll showed that 32% of Republicans supported the idea of transgender people in the military. By January 2019, that number increased to 40% according to the poll.
Trump also claimed in an interview in Britain last week that the military could not allow transgender people to serve because service people are not allowed to take “any drugs.” However, the Defense Department later stated that troops are allowed to take all prescribed medications, whether hormone treatments or otherwise.
President Trump announced the transgender military ban in July 2017 through a series of tweets. However, among Democrats and independents, there has been broad support for transgender people serving in the military. These new poll numbers suggest that Trump may be facing a losing battle regarding the future of his ban.