The proportion of respondents who agree with allowing gay, lesbian, and bisexual individuals to serve openly in the U.S. military fell by seven points.
While a majority of people in the United States are ready to repeal the “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, the proportion of respondents who disagree with this idea has increased since February, a new Angus Reid Public Opinion poll has found.
In the online survey of a representative national sample of 1,012 American adults, 59 per cent of respondents (-7) agree with allowing gay, lesbian and bisexual individuals to serve openly in the U.S. military.
Three-in-ten respondents (31%, +6) disagree with this notion, and 10 per cent are undecided.
Majorities of Democrats (71%, -4) and Independents (63%, -7) are willing to abandon the “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. The views of Republicans have changed dramatically since February, with 66 per cent of respondents (+21) disagreeing with the notion that gay, lesbian, and bisexual individuals should serve openly in the U.S. military.
Women (65%, -3) are still more likely than men (52%, -12) to agree with the proposed change, along with majorities of respondents in the three age groups (59%, -11 for respondents aged 18 to 34; 62%, +1 for respondents aged 35 to 54; and 56%, -12 for respondents over the age of 55).
The increased media attention to the proposed repeal of “Don’t ask, don’t tell” appears to have benefitted those who are opposed to the changes, but not in a dramatic way. A majority of Americans continue to agree with gay, lesbian and bisexual individuals serving openly in the U.S. military
It is important to note that the loss of support among Republicans was particularly drastic. GOP supporters were divided on this issue in February. Now, two thirds want to keep “Don’t ask, don’t tell”.
Mario Canseco, Vice President, Communications & Media Relations
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Methodology: From September 22 to September 23, 2010, Angus Reid Public Opinion conducted an online survey among 1,012 American adults who are Springboard America panelists. The margin of error—which measures sampling variability—is +/- 3.1%. The results have been statistically weighted according to the most current education, age, gender and region Census data to ensure a sample representative of the entire adult population of the United States. Discrepancies in or between totals are due to rounding.