This photo taken by Annie Leibovitz exclusively for Vanity Fair shows the cover of the magazine's July 2015 issue featuring Bruce Jenner debuting as a transgender woman named Caitlyn Jenner. (Annie Leibovitz/Vanity Fair via AP)
CINCINNATI (FOX19) -
Ohioans have split opinions about Caitlyn Jenner's gender transition.
Only a small amount of residents who participated in a new Quinnipiac University poll believe Caitlyn will help to shift societal views of transgender people in a positive direction.
The poll, released on Wednesday, shows 34 percent of Ohioans have a favorable opinion of the Olympian, formerly known as Bruce, while 32 percent said they had an unfavorable opinion.
Jenner came out as transgender in April and graced the cover of Vanity Fair this month. Despite her high-profile debut, only seven percent of Ohioans say Jenner's transition makes them feel more accepting of transgender people.
“Most of the people we surveyed think it will be more of a ripple than a tidal wave of acceptance,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac Poll.
32 percent of Ohio adults believe a broad acceptance of transgender people is a good thing. 21 percent say it would be a bad thing and 43 say it wouldn't make much of a difference.
Quinnipiac surveyed 1,376 Ohioans along with residents of Florida and Pennsylvania – three key swing states in the presidential elections.