The majority of American voters with an opinion on the matter believe introducing young children to issues like “transgenderism, drag shows, and LGBTQ+ themes” can have a negative impact on their development.
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In fact, a Summit.org and McLaughlin and Associates survey found 61% of voters with a view on the subject said such exposure “hurts [kids’] emotional and psychological development,” with just 39% seeing it as beneficial to children.
And the majority of this same voter pool — 63% — also believe there’s a “cultural agenda” afoot among those who choose to expose children to transgender themes, drag shows, and LGBTQ+ issues.
Another 37% see such exposure as rooted in an effort to “help children.“
The results come on the heels of Pride month and amid a heated increase in rhetoric and debate surrounding social issues.
With recent boycotts and controversies surrounding Bud Light and Target for their handling of LGBTQ issues, the contention shows no signs of slowing down.
A separate survey from the Convention of States Action and The Trafalgar Group assessed Americans’ views on some of the recent protests surrounding brands like Target and Bud Light, finding the majority (62%) believe companies should remain neutral on cultural issues.
Just 24% believe companies should continue promoting and weighing in on such issues.
“No month better epitomizes the lengths that companies will go to in order to kiss the ring of the progressive left than Pride month in June,” Mark Meckler, president of the Convention of States, said in a statement. “But, as we saw with Bud Light and Target, Americans are fed up.”
The release of these surveys comes amid another shocking find: Americans have become more socially conservative. According to Gallup, there’s an uptick in the percentage of adults calling themselves “conservative” or “very conservative,” with 38% falling into this category.
This increased from 33% in 2022 and 30% in 2021. Meanwhile, the share of individuals calling themselves “liberal” or “very liberal” is at 29%, down from 34% over the past two years.
conservative on social issues than said so in 2022 (33%) and 2021 (30%).
Find out more about the Gallup findings here.
It should be noted another survey released at the start of June yielded different findings.
Seventy percent of Americans who don’t identify as LGBTQ believe companies should “support LGBTQ people through advertising, sponsorships, and hiring practices that prioritize equity and inclusion,” according to The Hill.
That statistic came from a survey commissioned by GLAAD’s “Accelerating Acceptance” study conducted in February.
It should be noted these issues are complex, and how questions are posed and the timing of questions can impact respondents’ reactions on all sides of the divide.
For instance, the GLAAD data was collected months before the Target and Bud Light controversy, and the Convention of States Action data was yielded in the wake of that furor.
CBN’s Faithwire will continue to monitor trends to assess any cultural shifts.
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