Poll: Majority feel transgender people should be able to serve in US military

President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Wednesday to announce a new U.S. ban on transgender individuals from serving in the military -- but the surprise announcement may not represent the ideals of most.

The controversial ban sparked a worldwide conversation about transgender individuals in the military, with many people disagreeing with Trump's stance, according to a new AOL News survey.

The poll finds 54 percent think transgender people should be able to serve in the U.S. military. Meanwhile, 40 percent of those surveyed said transgender people should not be allowed to serve. Another six percent of respondents said they weren't sure.

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"We should all be guided by the principle that any American who wants to serve our country and is able to meet the standards should have the opportunity to do so — and should be treated as the patriots they are," McCain said.

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Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi noted in a statement that the date of Trump's announcement coincided with the date President Harry Truman desegregated the military in 1948.

"Sixty-nine years later, President Trump has chosen this day to unleash a vile and hateful agenda that will blindside thousands of patriotic Americans already serving with honor and bravery," Pelosi said. "This disgusting ban will weaken our military and the nation it defends."

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Republican Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama was first told of Trump's announcement during a CNN interview, responding that he wanted to read the policy's wording but was sure the Senate will hold hearings on the matter. "You ought to treat everybody fairly and you ought to give everybody a chance to serve," he said.

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Democratic Sen. Tammy Duckworth of Illinois, an Iraq War veteran who lost her legs in combat, called the ban "discriminatory and counterproductive to our national security."

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"When my Black Hawk helicopter was shot down in Iraq, I didn't care if the American troops risking their lives to help save me were gay, straight, transgender or anything else. All that mattered was they didn't leave me behind," Duckworth said in a statement. "If you are willing to risk your life for our country and you can do the job, you should be able to serve — no matter your gender identity, sexual orientation, or race."

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When Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah was asked whether he stood with the state's transgender community, Hatch responded "Yes" on Twitter, then released a longer statement saying "I don't think we should be discriminating against anyone."

Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown said in a statement the military "should not turn away anyone who is willing and able to serve this country and help keep Americans safe."

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The ban is "discrimination, plain and simple," Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris of California tweeted.

Source: Twitter

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Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey wrote that Trump is "wrong" and transgender service members are "heroes like anyone else risking their lives to defend us."

Source: Twitter

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Less than a week ago, President Trump tweeted the news, taking many off-guard.

Politico reported on Monday that several top White House aides, including first daught Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner, were "blindsided" by the ban.

Ivanka Trump tweeted her support for the LGBTQ community in June at the start of pride month. Trump, however, has not shared any messages of support since taking office.

The AOL News poll parallels findings from a recent Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll. The survey found that the country largely disagrees with Trump's decision to ban transgender personnel from the armed forces.

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Donald Trump said transgender people can no longer serve in "any capacity" in the military What about the thousands already serving?
Thousands of brave transgender Americans serving our nation right now proudly prove you wrong, President Trump. https://t.co/OVyYKzjSQG
It's official: the only people Donald Trump has ever paid back are Russia and the religious right. https://t.co/7I8hUnEADw
Trump announced transgender ban while his Defense Secretary was ON VACATION. Essentially confirms a political decision from WH, not DOD led
Trump, in 2016: "Thank you to the LGBT community! I will fight for you." Trump, now: US will not allow transgender ppl to serve in military.
Trump added $15 billion to military funding but can’t swing the “medical costs” of transgender soldiers.
Of course Trump goes after the transgender. That is what weak bullies do when their egos are threatened--attack the vulnerable.
This morning, President Trump conducted his latest policy roll out via Twitter this time assaulting our brave transgender service members.
Combat vet @SenDuckworth calls new WH transgender military policy "discriminatory and counterproductive to our nati… https://t.co/b6WqqTaH8g
I grew up in a military w/ LGBT people serving in the shadows. We can't let DT turn back the clock on our brave, trans soldiers. #RISEUP
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According to Reuters, 58 percent of American adults agree with this statement: "Transgender people should be allowed to serve in the military." Twenty-seven percent said they should not be allowed to serve, and 15 percent responded that they did not know.

** Polls conducted by AOL.com do not use scientific sampling. Surveys sample thousands of users and consistently reflect results to polls administered by other outlets.

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