Most in New Jersey poll support parental notification for student gender identity

A majority of New Jersey residents said they think middle and high schools should notify parents if their children ask to be identified by a different gender from the one on their school registration, according to a new poll.

The Monmouth University poll found that 77 percent of adults in New Jersey think the parental notification should be required, while 55 percent said parents should be notified even if it is not required.

Among parents of minors, 81 percent said schools should be required to notify them, and 59 percent said they should notify them even if it is not required. While majorities of both Republicans and Democrats supported parental notification, the numbers were higher among Republicans.

Ninety-two percent of Republicans said schools should be required to notify parents if their child asks to be identified as a different gender, while 61 percent of Democrats said the same thing.

Just under half of New Jersey residents said they think schools are doing too much when teaching about gender identity, while 23 percent said they are doing the right amount and 16 percent said they are not doing enough.

New Jersey earlier this year sued three school districts over their parental notification policies.

“The New Jersey Law Against Discrimination flatly prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity or expression, and we are firmly committed to taking swift action in response to any policy that violates that prohibition,” the state attorney general’s office said in a statement.

The new poll was conducted between Aug. 10-14 among 814 New Jersey adults and has a margin of error of 5.4 percentage points.

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