A recent survey conducted on behalf of Newsweek by Redfield and Wilson Strategies found that nearly half of millennials, individuals between the ages of 25 and 34 years old, believe that misgendering a person should be considered a criminal offense. Misgendering refers to the act of using incorrect gender pronouns (he/him or she/her) when referring to an individual. According to the survey results, 44% of millennial respondents expressed the belief that using the wrong gender pronoun should be a criminal offense. On the other hand, 31% of millennials disagreed with this statement. The remaining 25% of millennial respondents either had neutral opinions, stating they “neither agree nor disagree” or “don’t know.”
Nearly half of millennials — those ages 25-34 years old — believe “misgendering” a person should be a criminal offense.
The survey, conducted July 6 by Redfield and Wilson Strategies on behalf of Newsweek, found 44% of millennial respondents think “referring to someone by the wrong gender pronoun (he/him, she/her) should be a criminal offense,” while 31% disagree with the same sentiment. The other 25% of millennial respondents said they “neither agree nor disagree” or “don’t know” their thoughts.
It is worth noting 38% of those ages 35-44 years old also believe misgendering should be illegal, contrasted against the 35% in that same age demographic who disagree.
Among all Americans, only 19% believe “misgendering” should be a crime with 65% disagreeing.
Of voting-age members of Generation Z — those ages 18-24 years old — only 33% think “misgendering” a person should be illegal, while nearly half (48%) disagree.
Overall, 37% of the 1,500 survey-takers said they would call someone who is male by “she/her” pronouns if asked. Seventeen percent said they would persist in using the pronouns that matched with the individual’s anatomical makeup.
Twenty-eight percent of respondents said it “depends on the person” and 17% said they are uncertain what they would do in such a situation.
The new data comes as this issue is causing increased cultural friction in the U.S. and elsewhere.
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