Most Americans are with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis in supporting a Sunshine State bill that would outlaw the teaching of gender and sexuality to young students, according to a new poll.
Once again the media is showing it has no idea what average Americans think.
The Politico/Morning Consult poll released Wednesday found that 51% of voters support the Parental Rights in Education bill’s main aim: “banning the teaching of sexual orientation and gender identity from kindergarten through third grade.”
The bill, dubbed the “Don’t Say Gay” bill by opponents, was passed last week by Florida’s legislature.
- Most of those surveyed also supported limiting lessons on gender identity and sexual orientation after third grade to “age appropriate” discussions.
- A plurality of voters opposed the notion of letting parents sue schools that allowed prohibited sexual orientation and gender identity discussions to take place.
- “As the parent of three kids that are age 5 and under, thank you for letting me and my wife be able to send our kids to kindergarten without them being sexualized,” DeSantis said this week in response to his state’s legislature passing the bill.
A poll released Monday by the Daily Wire found that 64% of Americans backed key features of the Parental Rights in Education Bill, including a ban on classroom lessons on sexual orientation and gender identity in grades K-3.
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING
LGBT activists, liberal politicians and journalists have framed Florida’s Parental Rights in Education bill as bigoted and falsely claimed it bans schools from mentioning the word, “gay.”
This “don’t say gay” bill in Florida is appalling. Punishing teachers for acknowledging gay people exist is archaic.
If you want to ban an actual offensive word from Florida schools, may I suggest “DeSantis”
— Steve Hofstetter (@SteveHofstetter) February 9, 2022
“You have seen the president speak passionately about his view that a bill like this — a bill that would discriminate against families, against kids . . . It’s a form of bullying. It is horrific. I mean, the president has spoken to that,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters last week.
- Last month, President Biden characterized the bill as “hateful.”
- “The Florida ‘don’t say gay’ law is not about shielding small children from sex talk,” Salon blogger Amanda Marcotte wrote Wednesday in a piece responding to the controversy.
- “It’s part of a larger program, orchestrated by the Christian right, to turn schools away from education and towards indoctrination. Specifically, what they want to indoctrinate kids into is a far-right worldview,” she added.
But supporters say the bill is merely a “a common-sense measure asserting a basic right most parents probably thought they already had,” as New York Post columnist Miranda Devine put it.
- And it looks like the American public agrees.