Voters Against Obscene Books in Public Schools

Voters overwhelmingly oppose sexually explicit books in public school libraries and believe schools have an obligation to tell parents what their children are being taught.

A new nationwide telephone and online survey by Rasmussen Reports and the Capitol Resource Institute finds that 89% of likely U.S. voters think it’s important for public schools to fully inform parents about what their children are being taught in schools. classrooms, 70% of whom say so. Its very important. (To see the wording of the survey questions, click here.)

Sixty-nine percent (69%) of voters believe that books containing explicit sexual depictions of sexual acts, including gay sex, should not be present in public high school libraries. Majority opposition to sexually explicit books in public school libraries rises to 79% for middle schools and 85% for elementary schools.

“There’s no such thing as ‘age-appropriate’ for obscenity and pornography in public school libraries,” said Karen England, president of the California society. Capitol Resources Institute (CRI). “If the public knew how many books with explicit sexual depictions of sex acts are in their public school libraries, they would immediately pull their children out of school.”

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The survey of 1,000 likely U.S. voters was conducted September 20-21, 2022 by Rasmussen Reports and Capital Resource Institute. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% confidence level. Fieldwork for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is performed by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

Seventy-seven percent (77%) of voters are concerned that school-aged children are exposed to sexual material that is not age-appropriate, including 55% who are very concerned. Only 20% are not worried about children being exposed to inappropriate sexual material.

The survey revealed broad agreement across political and demographic categories. For example, 79% of whites, 73% of black and Hispanic voters, and 72% of other minorities were at least somewhat concerned about school-aged children being exposed to sexual material that is not suitable for their age. The majority of Republicans (85%), Democrats (56%) and 69% of voters unaffiliated with either major party believe it is very important that public schools fully inform parents of this that is taught to their children in the classrooms.

Of the poll’s likely voters, 29% are parents of school-aged children and 26% are grandparents of school-aged children. Fifty-six percent (56%) of parents and 69% of grandparents are very concerned that school-aged children are exposed to sexual material that is not age-appropriate. Seventy-one percent (71%) of parents and 83% of grandparents believe it is very important that public schools fully inform parents of what is being taught to their children in the classroom.

Among other findings of the Rasmussen Reports/CRI investigation:

– Sixty-four percent (64%) of parents and 65% of grandparents are at least somewhat concerned that public school libraries contain material that is sexually inappropriate for students in the school.

– Forty-eight percent (48%) of parents and 68% of grandparents are opposed to public schools teaching children about gay lifestyles.

– Fifty-six percent (56%) of parents and 74% of grandparents are opposed to public schools teaching children about transgenderism.

– Seventy percent (70%) of parents and 86% of grandparents are opposed to public schools teaching children how to perform sexual acts.

– Seventy-eight percent (78%) of parents and 84% of grandparents believe it is important for parents to have control over the books in public school libraries.

– The majority of parents (55%) and grandparents (59%) believe that students in public schools should not be exposed to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender lifestyles before the age of 14.

Among the many controversial books to which CRI has drawn attention, This book is gay by Juno Dawson includes information on how to use dating apps and websites to meet potential sex partners. Sixty-eight percent (68%) of parents and (89%) of grandparents oppose public schools teaching children to use dating apps, including those popular in the gay community.

“Clearly books like This Book is Gay, which include information on using dating apps and craigslist for sexual encounters, are not supported by parents and grandparents,” said CRI’s Karen England, which has criticized the American Library Association (ALA) for its opposition to parenthood. entry into public-school libraries. “The ALA knows what it is doing to promote these books is unsupported, which is why it is so quick to label parents who object to obscene material as book burners. It is their attempt to intimidate them and silence them.

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