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Cornwall home to 'one of the least trans-friendly areas'

Cornwall home to 'one of the least trans-friendly areas'

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 7:00am 15th December 2019.

It has been revealed that Cornwall is home to 'one of the least trans-friendly areas in Britain'.

That's according to a nationwide poll of 21,000 people carried out by the publisher UnHerd in association with pollster FocalData.

It found that more than a third of the British public support the rights of transgender children. But Unherd said the results show the debate about gender is far from resolved.

Participants were asked how much they agreed with the statement "it is acceptable for adolescent children to make their own decisions about their gender identity".

The responses were then analysed to create a model for each constituency, based on the characteristics of people living there, including age, voting record and employment status.

Of Cornwall's six parliamentary constituencies, the one considered the least trans-friendly was South East Cornwall.


36% of people living there disagreed with gender freedom for children, compared to 30% who were supportive, with the rest undecided. Of these, 10% strongly disagree with the statement, while 25% said they simply disagree.

At the other end of the scale was Truro and Falmouth. Here, 39% of people were pro-trans rights, compared to 28% who were not.

The constituencies were ranked based on how many agree versus disagree, with the top ranking being considered the most supportive of gender freedom.

South East Cornwall placed 623rd out of 632 constituencies - not including the 18 in Northern Ireland - while Truro and Falmouth came in at 136th.

You can find all the source data here.

"The politics of transgenderism are under-explored for several reasons. Politicians’ timidity in the face of activists’ ferocity is one big factor.

"But there’s another – that it’s a fiendishly complex issue that doesn’t fit easily into the narratives and categories that structure so much of British political debate.

"This poll shows that the debate about gender in 21st-century Britain is not just unresolved. It has yet to even begin in earnest."

James Kirkup, from Unherd


The results and rankings for each constituency in Cornwall are:

  • 136) Truro and Falmouth: 39% agree, 28% disagree
  • 201) St Ives: 34% agree, 26% disagree
  • 418) St Austell and Newquay: 34% agree, 31% disagree
  • 510) Camborne and Redruth: 31% agree, 31% disagree
  • 541) North Cornwall: 34% agree, 34% disagree
  • 623) South East Cornwall: 30% agree, 36% disagree

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