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New poll shows a state divided on transgender issues


Florida voters are about evenly divided on whether transgender people should be allowed to use public bathrooms consistent with their gender identity, new poll results released by Quinnipiac University shows.

About 48 percent of Florida voters said people should be allowed to use the bathroom they identify with, while 44 percent opposed it. Eight percent did not provide an answer.

But when it comes to forcing public schools to allow transgender people to use the bathroom they identify with, 54 percent said no, while just 37 percent said yes.

"The issue of transgender people and the use of public bathrooms finds voters split on exactly what should be done," said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.

The issue brings a huge generational divide. While 48 percent of voters over 65 years old oppose transgender people using the bathroom of their choosing, 66 percent of people under 35 years old in the poll said they should be allowed to use the bathroom they identify with, 

The same poll also found the majority of Floridians say they are "very concerned" or "somewhat concerned" about the Zika virus. Twenty-two percent said they are "not so" concerned while 15 percent said they were "not concerned at all." Similar polls in Ohio and Pennsylvania show a lot few people concerned in those to states. In Pennsylvania 52 percent considered themselves very concerned or somewhat concerned about the virus. In Ohio, that dropped to 48 percent.

"Because of its proximity to South America and the huge amount of tourism from there, Floridians are more concerned about the Zika virus than voters in the other states," Brown said.

The poll of 975 voters conducted from June 8 to June 19. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percent.