Eye Opener: Support for 'don't ask' repeal grows
Happy Friday! Americans are increasingly comfortable with gay men and lesbians openly serving in the U.S. military, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.
As The Eye as Post polling analyst Jennifer Agiesta report in today's Post, public support for allowing gay men and lesbians to serve openly now far outpaces that in the spring of 1993, when Congress and the Clinton administration established the policy.
Two trends stand out for The Eye:
Support for repealing the policy diminishes with age: Among those under age 30, 81 percent favor allowing gay people who disclose their sexual orientation to serve, compared with 69 percent among seniors. This pattern did not exist in the 1993 poll; then, about four in 10 across age groups backed open service.
And as you can see below, knowing a gay person makes a big difference: Among those who report having a friend or family member who is gay, 81 percent support allowing gay people to serve openly, compared with 66 percent who do not know someone who is gay.
Q. Do you think homosexuals who ... their sexual orientation should be allowed to serve in the military or not?
Do not publicly disclose
Q. Do you think homosexuals who do publicly disclose their sexual orientation should be allowed to serve in the military or not?
Have gay friend/family
No gay friend/family
A New York Times-CBS News poll reported results of a similar survey on Thursday, but answers appeared swayed by random word selection by the pollsters. And in a sign that the policy may be weakening, Lt. Dan Choi, who is facing discharge from the New York Army National Guard because he publicly announced that he was gay, took part in a drill last weekend with his Guard unit at what he said was the encouragement of his commander.
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| February 12, 2010; 6:08 AM ET
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