Because they own much of the pop culture, the far left believes that their views on everything represent the vast majority of the public, but in one example after another, the public is demonstrating otherwise.
The most recent comes in response to the left’s outcry over Florida’s “Parental Rights in Education” law, which bars discussion of gender identity and sexual orientation in grades K-3.
While leftist Democrats and their voters insist that forcing those discussions on the youngest school-aged children is a good thing, a majority of the American public disagrees.
Fox News reports:
Over half of registered voters would support a law that bans teachers from discussing gender identity and sexual orientation with students before fourth grade.
That’s according to the latest Fox News poll, released Wednesday.
Florida’s Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis signed the controversial “Parental Rights in Education” bill (referred to by detractors as the “Don’t Say Gay” bill) in late March, banning public school teachers from giving sexual orientation or gender identity instruction to students in kindergarten through third grade.
“Voters support the notion that these sorts of issues shouldn’t be part of school curriculum for younger students,” noted Republican pollster Daron Shaw, who conducts the Fox News Poll with Democrat Chris Anderson. “This attitude undoubtedly says more about the timing and source of these sensitive discussions than it does about general opinions towards transgender people.”
Fox News adds: “Support for the measure includes majorities of Republicans (72% favor), Catholics (60%), Hispanic voters (60%), parents (58%), White voters (56%), rural Whites (55%), voters under age 35 (54%), and independents (52%). More men (60% favor) than women (50%) favor the ban, as do more dads (68% favor) than moms (49%).”
While many voters surveyed are definitely concerned about what schools are teaching as well as the possibility that some books could be banned by school boards, these are not top-of-mind. Infact, the issues rank 7th and 12th, respectively.
The full ranking goes: future of the country and inflation (each 87% extremely or very concerned), future of American democracy (84%), political divisions within the country (81%), Ukraine (80%), higher crime rates (79%), what’s taught in schools (74%), gun laws (73%), opioid addiction (72%), illegal immigration (71%), abortion policy (69%), book banning (67%), climate change (57%) and coronavirus (55%).
Note how low on the ranking ‘climate change’ is, despite all of the breathlessness and sense of urgency expressed on a near-daily basis by the hysterical left.
Regarding parental concerns about what is taught to their children, it appears as though DeSantis and Florida Republicans are a lot more intuned with constituents than the Disney-aligned left.
“When you have companies that have made a fortune off being family-friendly and catering to families and young kids, they should understand that parents of young kids do not want this injected into their kid’s kindergarten classroom,” the governor said during a news conference in late March.
“You have companies like at Disney, that are going to say and criticize parents’ rights, they’re going to criticize the fact that we don’t want transgenderism in kindergarten, in first-grade classrooms,” the GOP governor said.
“If that’s the hill they’re going to die on, then how do they possibly explain lining their pockets with their relationship from the Communist Party of China? Because that’s what they do, and they make a fortune, and they don’t say a word about the really brutal practices that you see over there at the hands of the CCP,” DeSantis noted further.
“And so in Florida, our policies got to be based on the best interest of Florida citizens, not on the musing of woke corporations,” DeSantis added.
Bottom line: Most parents just want their children taught the basics of reading, writing, arithmetic, English, and history, not how to view cultural issues or what to think about them.