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Harvard-Harris poll: Majority believe children should not be able to choose their pronouns

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A majority share of polled Americans state children should not be able to choose their pronouns if they do not align with their biological sex.

What are the details?

A May Harvard-Harris poll found that 59% of respondents said children should be referred to by their biologically correct pronouns. Forty-one percent of respondents said that children should be able to choose whatever pronoun they desire, and 40% stated that calling children by their preferred pronouns stamps out discrimination.

Sixty percent added that preferred pronouns are an "excessive measure that does more to confuse kids about their sex."

The poll was split between party lines, with 77% of Republicans stating that children shouldn't be allowed to choose their own pronouns and 61% of Democrats supporting children taking the decision into their own hands.

What else is there to know about this?

A portion of the poll questioned whether respondents believe teachers should "be required to use pronouns that kids say they want used under penalty of losing their job or should teachers have discretion to use pronouns as they see appropriate.” A majority of 63% of respondents said it should be up to the teacher to make that determination.

Further, 73% of respondents insisted that misgendering someone by pronouns should not be “classified as illegal discrimination if you fail to use someone’s selected pronouns.” Twenty-seven percent of respondents, however, said it should be considered unlawful discrimination.

The poll surveyed 1,963 registered voters between May 18 and 19. The poll did not provide a margin of error.

In related news ...

A Wisconsin school district has accused three middle schools student of sexual harassment after they reportedly called a classmate by the wrong personal pronoun.

According to the New York Post, district mother Rosemary Rabidoux — a parent of one of the accused students — received a phone call from a principal "forewarning me, letting me know that I was going to be receiving an email with sexual harassment allegations against my son."

She added, “I immediately went into shock. I’m thinking sexual harassment? That’s rape, that’s inappropriate touching, that’s incest. What has my son done?”

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