Poll fo­cuses on gen­der ID for kids

The New Zealand Herald - - News - Bernard Ors­man

Chil­dren should not be taught their gen­der can be changed, ac­cord­ing to a poll com­mis­sioned by Fam­ily First.

The poll of 1000 peo­ple found 54 per cent did not be­lieve chil­dren should be taught their gen­der can be changed through surgery and hor­mone treat­ment, com­pared with 35 per cent who thought they should be, and 11 per cent who were un­sure.

It also found 46 per cent of peo­ple be­lieve toi­lets and chang­ing rooms should be based on bi­o­log­i­cal sex, while 36 per cent be­lieve they should be based on gen­der iden­tity. The other 18 per cent were un­sure.

When it came to chil­dren play­ing in sports team based on bi­o­log­i­cal sex or gen­der iden­tity, peo­ple were evenly di­vided on 39 per cent for and against and 22 per cent were un­sure.

Males, peo­ple liv­ing in provin­cial and ru­ral ar­eas, and those aged 18 to 40 were more likely to want sport based on bi­o­log­i­cal sex.

For all three ques­tions, the high­est sup­port for bi­o­log­i­cal sex over gen­der iden­tity were NZ First and Na­tional vot­ers, and low­est were Green vot­ers.

Fam­ily First na­tional direc­tor Bob McCoskrie said pol­i­cy­mak­ers should be con­cerned with how mis­guided school poli­cies, in­clud­ing the sex ed­u­ca­tion cur­ricu­lum, might en­cour­age stu­dents to iden­tify as girls when they are boys, and vice versa, and might re­sult in pro­longed dif­fi­cul­ties.

“These in­doc­tri­na­tion pro­grammes are sim­ply con­fus­ing and stress­ing our chil­dren.”

The Curia Mar­ket Re­search poll last month has a mar­gin of er­ror of plus or mi­nus 3.1 per cent.

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