Six in 10 people (58%) intending to vote for the Conservative Party want a ‘conversion therapy’ ban to cover trans people, a study has found.
This figure rises slightly when it comes to sexual orientation, with 63% of Tory voters believing the practice should not be allowed to take place.
Only 19% of Conservative respondents want ‘conversion therapy’ for gender identity to be legal.
Support for a ban was higher among Labour voters, with 72% and 68% backing a ban for sexual orientation and gender identity, respectively.
It was also determined that two-thirds of Britons (65%) more generally want to see it banned when trying to change someone’s sexual orientation, with 62% also having this view when it comes to gender identity.
Just 14% said both should not be banned, with a further 22-23% being unsure.
The govt may have decided that sexual orientation / gender identity Conversion Therapy should be treated separately, but the public does not: Britons want to see both banned
— YouGov (@YouGov) April 12, 2022
Thousands of people took to Downing Street on 10 April to protest the UK government’s decision to exclude trans people from a ban of so-called ‘conversion therapy’.
Some signs included messages calling for a comprehensive ‘conversion therapy’ ban alongside pictures of Boris Johnson, whose administration backtracked on its previous commitment to a ban of the practice for all LGBTQ+ people.
Backlash against the move has been so fierce that the government cancelled its first-ever global LGBTQ+ conference, breaking a manifesto pledge from the 2019 election.
— GAY TIMES (@gaytimes) April 10, 2022
1,826 adults in Britain were surveyed as part of the research, which was carried out by YouGov and The Times from 6 to 7 April 2022.
The findings can be viewed in full here.