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Recent poll shows how Americans feel about transgenders serving openly in military

A recent poll found that 31 percent of Americans agree with President Donald Trump's decision to ban transgenders from serving openly in the military. (Image source: Paul Richards/AFP/Getty Image

President Donald Trump faced waves of backlash Wednesday after he announced a ban on transgender individuals serving openly in the military — but a recent survey showed that a majority of Americans say the president's previously announced delay on the Obama-era directive is either a good thing or that it has no impact at all.

Trump announced the Obama-era policy reversal in a series of tweets. "After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military. Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail. Thank you," Trump tweeted.

The backlash against the president's decision was swift, with more than 100 people reportedly showing up outside the White House Wednesday night to protest. A number of celebrities also took to Twitter to voice their disagreement. And CNN promoted an interview with the first transgender person to be promoted in the military.

Trump's decision to outright ban transgender Americans from serving their country came just one month after the Pentagon announced it would delay the Obama-era policy that allowed transgenders to openly enlist.

Following the delay, Rasmussen Reports conducted a survey among 1,000 likely voters, and found that despite the outcry, 48 percent of Americans actually supported the delay on allowing transgender individuals to serve openly while the Pentagon further studied the issue.

Rasmussen conducted the survey June 26-27 online and by phone, asking each of the participants the following two questions:

The U.S. Department of Defense now allows transgender people, those who identify with and want to live as the opposite sex, to serve openly in the military. Is this decision good for the military, bad for the military or does it have no impact? The heads of the Army, Air Force and Marines want to delay enlistments by transgender people to study the matter further. Do you favor or oppose a delay in allowing openly transgender people to enlist in the military?

The survey found that 23 percent of likely voters saw transgenders serving openly as a good thing, while 31 percent of likely voters called it a bad thing. Thirty-eight percent of likely voters said that transgenders serving openly in the military has no impact.

While Rasmussen conducted the polling before the president's decision to ban transgender Americans from serving openly, it is a telling sign that the Washington, D.C., media establishment and liberal elite feel very differently than everyday Americans on this issue.

(H/T: Daily Caller)

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