A new Angus Reid Institute poll shows the vast majority of Canadians support enshrining transgender rights in law.
Research Associate Ian Holliday says nearly 85 per cent support Federal legislation blocking discrimination.
But Holliday says while just 15 per cent of Canadians are “Trans opponents” – nearly four in 10 Canadians remain sympathetic…but uncertain.
“We see about twice as many people choosing gender identity as biological sex. But we also find a significant number of Canadians who say ‘well, on what should it depend?’ we get a whole range of responses.”
He says Canadians are more divided when it comes to what factor should decide which washrooms trans people should use.
“They have a lot of empathy toward transgender people and experiences, but there’s some places where there’s a bit of a disconnect. And one of those places is on the bathroom question.”
The poll found while four in 10 Canadians say trans people should use bathrooms matching their gender identity, a nearly equal number said it should depend on conditions.
The survey also found Canadians are beginning to tire of the debate, with 44 per cent saying we’re spending too much time talking about trans issues.