Pew Research Center study examines support for “bathroom bills”

A new study published by the Pew Research Center sheds new light on the reasons why individuals support discriminatory laws, specifically so-called “bathroom bills” and laws that allow businesses to refuse to provide service to same-sex weddings.

The study finds that 15-18% of respondents are sympathetic towards both sides on these issues. This ‘movable middle’ often finds itself targeted by activists on both sides, who seek to sway the opinions of even a small fraction of persuadables.

Pew’s study indicates, perhaps unsurprisingly, that when it comes to “bathroom bills,” people who personally know someone who is transgender are most likely to support the rights of transgender people to use bathrooms aligned with their gender identity.

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