Poll indicates opposition to school LGBT guidelines

A majority of respondents say they oppose new school standards regarding gender identity and sexual orientation, according to a poll released Monday.

Fifty-six percent of respondents opposed the Idaho School Boards Association guidelines designed to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students, according to an Idaho Politics Weekly poll. Meanwhile, 36 percent of respondents supported the standards.

Respondents voiced opposition to the standards — which include gender-neutral dress codes and accommodations for same-sex couples at school dances — after they were told that a vast majority of districts have not adopted them.

In October, the Associated Press had reported districts were slow to adopt the guidelines, issued in July by the ISBA.

The poll shows a distinct partisan split on the guidelines: 71 percent of Republicans oppose them, while 66 percent of Democrats support them.

The poll of 595 Idahoans was conducted from Oct. 28 through Nov. 4, and has a margin of error of 4.02 percent, according to Idaho Politics Weekly.

Kevin Richert

Kevin Richert

Senior reporter and blogger Kevin Richert specializes in education politics and education policy. He has more than 30 years of experience in Idaho journalism. He is a frequent guest on "Idaho Reports" on Idaho Public Television and "Idaho Matters" on Boise State Public Radio. Follow Kevin on Twitter: @KevinRichert. He can be reached at [email protected]

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