Despite the firestorm of criticism surrounding Florida's new parental rights bill, polling shows that a majority of voters, nationwide, support the law.
That's according toRasmussen Reports, which found that 62% of likely U.S. voters would support a law like Florida’s in their own state, including 45% who "strongly support" the measure.
The Florida bill titled "Parental Rights in Education" states that lessons about sexual orientation are not to be taught in kindergarten through third grade. It also prohibits lessons in other grades unless they are "age-appropriate and developmentally appropriate."
The bill awaits Gov. Ron DeSantis' signature and is scheduled to take effect July 1.
There has been a great deal of controversy over the bill from Democrats and gay community members alike, dubbing it the "Don't Say Gay" bill. However, that characterization misrepresents the bill.
Classroom instruction by school personnel or third parties on sexual orientation or gender identity may not occur in kindergarten through grade 3 or in a manner that is not age appropriate or developmentally appropriate for students in accordance with state standards.House Bill 1557 - “Parental Rights in Education”
When it comes to political party: 74% of Republicans, 49% of Democrats, and 66% of non-affiliated voters said they would support a law like Florida’s in their own state.
The survey found 29% said they would oppose a similar law in their own state, including 19% who would "strongly oppose" it.
Fierce critics have called for boycotting Florida over the new law, but most voters reject that idea.
- Fifty-one percent (51%) oppose boycotting Florida over the law, including 41% who "strongly oppose" a boycott.
- Thirty-nine percent (39%) support boycotting Florida, including 22% who "strongly support" a boycott.
- Another 10% are not sure.
Majorities of every racial category – 63% of whites, 61% of black voters and 64% of other minorities – say they would support a law similar to Florida’s Parental Rights in Education bill in their own state.
To see survey question wording, click here.