The British public hugely overestimates the size of minorities, sparking fears ‘woke’ identity politics are warping views of society.
When 1,800 people were asked by pollster YouGov how many people were transgender, for instance, they thought it was about five per cent of the population.
In reality, between 0.3 per cent and 0.7 per cent identify as a different gender from their biological sex – the gap between the estimate and the reality appearing to show how the transgender rights debate has skewed perceptions.
While most Britons are white and heterosexual, the poll found many believe the UK is made up of far more racial, religious and sexual minorities than it actually is. When the survey asked what proportion of adults was white, the median answer was 65 per cent – yet the true figure is 87 per cent.
Trans women cyclists who used to compete as men take first and second place in new ‘non-binary’ race – leaving young mother in third
An ‘inclusive’ cycling race that saw male-born trans athletes trounce women competitors has been condemned by critics.
The event on Friday finished with two transgender women in first and second places, with a young mother in third.
Gold in the ThunderCrit race at Herne Hill velodrome in South-East London went to Emily Bridges, a trans cyclist who was barred from a woman’s race in March and who had competed in men’s events only the month before.
In second place was Lilly Chant who, despite identifying as a woman, is still designated as male on official records.
The tournament’s best-performing biological woman, Jo Smith, of Thanet, Kent, won bronze and celebrated with her rivals by posing on the winners’ podium with her young daughter.