Survey Shows Americans’ Bathroom Break with President


Written by Tony Perkins

If President Barack Obama was hoping to make showers and locker rooms a campaign issue, brand new polling provides more evidence that he succeeded. But not in the way he intended. A WPA Research survey commissioned by Family Research Council Action finds that two thirds (66 percent) of Americans disapprove of “government forcing schools, businesses, and non-profit organizations to open the showers, changing facilities, locker rooms, and bathrooms designated for women and girls, to biological males and vice versa.” Only 28 percent approved – with just 15 percent strongly approving.

Democratic voters in the survey were deeply divided over the issue. Forty-six percent disapprove of the Obama edict compared to 45 percent giving approval. The survey found double-digit opposition to the edict among millennials (55 percent to 37 percent) while 64 percent of Independents were opposed.

Yesterday, we released the poll results just as the Republican Party’s platform committee began considering the issue. As a platform delegate from Louisiana, I pointed out that elected officials in 23 states, prompted by the privacy and safety concerns of parents and school officials, have sued to stop President Obama’s locker room/bathroom mandate. Delegates quickly dismissed efforts from a handful of LGBT activists and supporters and voted overwhelmingly to put the party on record as opposed to the edict. The delegates, like most Americans, are alarmed that the president has ignored these repeatedly expressed concerns in the pursuit of his radical agenda, which trample the boundaries of his constitutional power.

If the White House can dictate the policies for every school locker room, shower, and bathroom in America, what could possibly be beyond its reach? While this lame-duck president is blindly obsessed with forcing government in every area of society — even into showers and locker rooms — let’s hope more elected leaders will join these 23 states in standing up for the safety and privacy of children.

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