The “Don’t Say Gay” bill that will most likely be signed into law by Gov. Ron DeSantis, would prohibit classroom topics covering sexual orientation or gender identity.
Perhaps that’s why more than 6 in 10 Americans oppose the legislation, according to a new poll.
The poll conducted by ABC News/Ipsos on March 13 shows that 62% of Americans oppose such legislation, while 37% support it. It also shows that 61% of Republicans support it, compared to 20% of Democrats and 35% of independents.
It should be no surprise that LGBT respondents strongly oppose it at 87%. Among those who aren’t LGBT oppose it at 59%.
Floridians also oppose the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, but just barely. The Public Opinion Research Lab (PORL) at the University of North Florida polled a sample of 685 voters registered statewide and found 49% of respondents oppose the legislation and 40% support it.
Among Republicans, 44% strongly approve of the legislation, compared to 19% of Democrats. Whites and Hispanics were similarly strongly in favor of the legislation (32%), while 26% of those who identified as Black felt that way.
Age also played a strong factor in these bills. Among 55- to 64-year-olds, support for the bills is the strongest, with 48% somewhat or strongly supporting the idea that teachers should not encourage or allow these discussions.
Respondents were also told that if the bills become law, parents would have the right to sue school districts if they believed a policy or practice was being violated on this issue, according to FloridaPolitics.com.