A majority of Americans say they support transgender bathroom access and oppose laws limiting it. 53% of those responding to a poll out Thursday from the Public Religion Research Institute, a non-partisan research group say they do not support laws requiring people to use bathrooms of the gender they were assigned at birth.
39% said they supported those laws. The survey coming as Texas law makers are weighing a bill that would restrict public bathrooms. The state could follow North Carolina in banning transgender people from using the facilities of their choice. The North Carolina law set off widespread protests and business boycotts of that state.
Like most political issues in the US, the question of public bathrooms breaks down sharply along party lines. 65% of Democrats and 57% of Independents oppose laws limiting transgender bathroom rights, while 59% of Republicans support them.