By Jonathon Van Maren
Public opinion in Scotland, which was already against the radical transgender agenda, has entrenched further due to what the publication UnHerd is calling “the polarising effect of the transgender debate.” UnHerd Britain commissioned a poll of 5,000 people across Great Britain in February and posed four statements, asking respondents to indicate their agreement or disagreement:
- People should be able to identify as being of a different gender to the one they had recorded at birth.
- It should be made easier for transgender people to change their legal gender.
- Transgender women should be allowed to use spaces reserved for women, such as women’s toilets or changing rooms.
- Transgender women should be allowed to take part in women’s sporting events.
Note here that the framing of the questions accepts fundamental tenets of transgender ideology as fact—biological men identifying as women are referred to not as “men who identify as women” or even “biological men,” but as “transgender women.” Thus, it cannot be claimed that the poll is skewed in favor of what Unherd calls “trans-sceptical” people—if anything, the framing is deliberately friendly to the transgender agenda. Once you accept a biological man as a woman, you’ve ceded much of the ground necessary to defend sex-segregated changerooms and sports teams.
After having the results of the poll analyzed by FocalData, UnHerd found that the constituencies with the highest percentage of “trans-sceptical” people were all found in Scotland, making Scottish people, overall, “more trans-sceptical than English people, meaning that a higher proportion of them disagree and disagree strongly with the statements we put in front of them.” Indeed, these results indicate that Scottish people are both more likely to identify as left-wing than English people, yet more opposed to gender ideology. Opposition to the transgender agenda is not necessarily a conservative endeavour (as the leadership of many UK feminists has already illustrated).