Oxford divided over trans rights, data suggests

first_imgBoth constituencies ranked in the top third ofconstituencies surveyed nationally in terms of support for the statement.Oxford East was ranked the 60th most supportive of the 632constituencies surveyed, while Oxford West and Abingdon ranked as the 208th. The data, published by the news website UnHerd inassociation with the polling company Focal Data, resulted from askingrespondents whether they agreed or disagreed with the statement “it isacceptable for adolescent children to make their own decisions about theirgender identity.” UnHerd and Focaldata utilised the technique MultilevelRegression with Post-Stratification (MRP) in order to collate their data. Usingan online panel provider, data was collected from 21,119 respondents betweenJanuary 15 and November 4. MRP does not produce separate individualconstituency polls, but looks for patterns across constituencies in order toproduce a result. Newly published polling data has indicated that Oxford citizens are divided over issues surrounding trans rights. The attitude in Oxford West and Abingdon was less supportive, the data showing that 11% strongly agreed with the statement, 28% mildly agreed, 19% mildly disagreed, 11% strongly disagreed, and 31% remained undecided. The publishing of this data comes after a slew of transphobic stickers were posted around Oxford city centre during Michaelmas, echoing similar campaigns around the world. The stickers included comments such as “Woman. Noun. Adult human female,” “women don’t have penises” and “auto-gynephilia.”center_img In the Oxford East constituency, 12% of people stronglyagreed with the statement, 33% mildly agreed, 18% mildly disagreed, 9% stronglydisagreed, and 28% remained undecided. Home Office figures published in October showed an increasein hate crime during the 2018-19 year. The total of 2,333 transgender identityhate crimes represented an increase of 37% from 2017-18. Though a plurality expressed support for the statement inboth constituencies, a majority of respondents did not. Overall, only in sevenconstituencies across the United Kingdom (not including Northern Ireland), dida majority support the statement. The Oxford Student Union’s LGBTQ campaign declined tocomment for this story.last_img

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