Should U.S. citizens have a third gender choice on official documents?

November 1, 2017

Canada announced late in August that it would become the first nation in the Americas to allow citizens to choose “X” instead of male or female as a third gender on their passports and other government documents; and now California is poised to be the first state to do the same when it comes to drivers’ licenses. However, according to poll results just released by Rasmussen Reports, Americans overall aren’t quite ready to go that far.

A national telephone and online survey conducted  on behalf of Rasmussen by Pulse Opinion Research researchers determined that fewer than one-third (32%) of U.S. adults favor allowing a third gender option on passports, drivers’ licenses and other official forms of identification. Fifty-one percent (51%) are opposed to this gender neutral option, while a sizable 17% are undecided.

The survey of 1,000 U.S. adults was conducted August 29-30. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.

To date, eight countries — Australia, Bangladesh, Germany, India, Malta, Nepal, New Zealand, and Pakistan —have offered third options for gender identification on their government documents.

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