Vast Majority Support So-Called ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Parental Rights Legislation

By Eric Daugherty, Florida's Voice

March 15, 2022 Updated 8:30 AM ET

March 15th, 2022 Updated 8:30 A.M. ET

NASHVILLE (FCV) – According to a new poll conducted on behalf of The Daily Wire, around two-thirds of Americans support HB 1557, the Parental Rights in Education Act, which is soon to likely be signed by Governor Ron DeSantis (R).

The bill has been falsely dubbed the “Don’t Say Gay Bill” by left-wing activists.

In the national poll of 1,000 U.S. adults – one that gave President Joe Biden (D) a +4 vote margin among those who voted in the 2020 Election – found that 64% of Americans support the bill’s ban on sexual orientation and gender identity instruction for kids in grades K-3, “or at any level if it is not presented in a manner that is age or developmentally appropriate.”

69% of Republicans, 62% of Democrats, and 57% of Independents support the measure. Blacks were slightly more likely to support (66%) the measure than whites (63%) and Latinos (62%).

68% of parents support it.

Only 21% of Americans said they opposed it.

Florida House of Representatives Speaker Chris Sprowls said that “This polling reflects what our common sense already tells us.”

“Only fanatics think the classroom curriculum from kindergarten through 3rd grade should include teaching little children about gender identity.”

66% of respondents said it is “inappropriate” for teachers to teach K-3 students on topics like transgenderism. Only 20% said it is appropriate.

52% of the respondents want parents to be able to file civil actions against school districts if their children are taught about these inappropriate topics.

“Most Floridians, no matter their orientation, agree that instruction on sexuality and gender theory is inappropriate in grades K-3,” DeSantis Press Secretary Christina Pushaw remarked.

“Most Floridians, no matter their orientation, agree that instruction on sexuality and gender theory is inappropriate in grades K-3.”

Around 79% of Americans want parents to be the ones responsible for driving conversations about sex and gender. Only 7% wanted teachers to have this role.

When framed as the “Don’t Say Gay Bill,” 77% of respondents say they have heard of the bill, and among these, only 42% say they support it, indicating a lack of understanding of the bill.

39% believe the bill bans the word “gay” in Florida schools – 45% of Democrats also believe this. 47% of the Democrats say they heard about the bill from national news networks like NBC and ABC, while 25% cited cable networks like CNN and MSNBC.

The survey was conducted from March 12-13.

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