A multi-ethnic group of preschool students is sitting with their legs crossed on the floor in their classroom. The mixed-race female teacher is sitting on the floor facing the children. The happy kids are smiling and following the teacher's instructions. They have their arms raised in the air.
April F&M poll gauges opinions on school race, gender identity curriculums and gender sports participation
Airdate: Thursday, April 14, 2022
April’s Franklin and Marshall College Poll tallied the opinions of Pennsylvanians on several social or culture war issues along with questions about how voters feel about their finances, the economy and political candidates.
Seventy-percent of registered voters favor teaching students in public schools about the history of race and racism in the U.S. Fifty-eight percent oppose giving parents the right to sue schools that teach critical race theory. Meanwhile, 35% strongly support a law that limits instruction about sexual orientation and gender identity while 42% strongly oppose such a law.
Just this week, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives approved a bill that would require athletes to participate in sports based on their gender as assigned at birth. The poll found 64% of the registered voters who responded favored a law like that.
Berwood A. Yost, Director, Floyd Institute for Public Policy at the Center for Opinion Research, Franklin & Marshall College appears on Thursday’s Smart Talk with analysis of the poll numbers.