According to the latest British Social Attitudes report, the number of people surveyed in 2022 who confess to feeling “a little prejudiced” against trans people has almost doubled in the last three years. The Telegraph has the story.
Prejudice towards trans people has doubled in three years in the wake of the J.K. Rowling cancel culture row, a survey has revealed.
One in three people describe themselves as prejudiced towards trans people – double the number of people in 2019, according to the British Social Attitudes (BSA) report published on Thursday.
National Centre for Social Research (NatCen) has been conducting the annual survey of what people in Britain think about a wide range of social and political issues since 1983.
NatCen said that while social attitudes have become increasingly liberal, people’s self-declared views about trans people are an outlier.
Britons were asked if they were either “very prejudiced”, “a little prejudiced” or “not prejudiced” towards transgender people.
Twenty seven per cent of people surveyed in 2022 identified as “a little prejudiced” – a record high and almost double the result of 14% in 2019.
Those that described themselves as “very prejudiced” also increased from 2% in 2019 to 6% in 2022. In contrast the number of people describing themselves as “not prejudiced at all” towards trans people dropped dramatically from 82% in 2019 to 64% in 2022.
To my mind, this clearly demonstrates that the suppression of gender critical views, particularly on social media, and the smearing of anyone who disagrees with trans rights activists as a ‘bigot’ and a ‘transphobe’, has had the opposite of its intended effect.
The clear lesson here is that if trans rights activists want to advance their cause, they should set out their stall in the public square and engage with people like J.K. Rowling, Kathleen Stock and Helen Joyce in open discussion and debate.
Screaming and shouting at your opponents, no-platforming them, reporting them to the police, trying to get them fired, etc. obviously isn’t working.
But, of course, the lesson the trans rights activists will take from the findings of the British Social Attitudes Survey is that they need to double down on these tactics.