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Majority favor gays in the military, new poll says

By Ed O'Keefe

Updated 2:14 p.m. ET
Two-thirds of Americans support allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military, according to a new poll released Wednesday.

Sixty seven percent of respondents to a new CNN survey favor permitting openly gay or lesbian people to serve in the military; 28 percent of respondents were opposed. Support for repealing the law dropped 2 points since a similar CNN poll in February.

(Note/Remember: CNN asked "Do you favor or oppose permitting people who are openly gay or lesbian to serve in the military?" That's very different than asking whether respondents favor/oppose repealing the military's "don't ask, don't tell" law. So if you see groups in favor of or opposed to ending the ban twisting these numbers to their advantage, carefully check how they characterize the new numbers.)

Support for repeal cuts across gender, age groups, income levels, geographic location and political persuasions. Depending on how respondents identified themselves, 80 percent of Democrats, 69 percent of independents, 51 percent of Republicans, 52 percent of conservatives, 80 percent of liberals and 78 percent of people who considered themselves "moderate" in the survey approve of gays in the military. A majority of respondents who are tea party supporters and a majority of those opposed to the tea party also support them.

Two-thirds of respondents to a February Washington Post/ABC News poll also supported openly gay people serving in the U.S. military.

But the Senate last week delayed an up or down vote on repealing the law known as "don't ask, don't tell" when Republicans blocked attempts to begin debate on the annual Defense policy bill. The House repealed the gay ban in May by passing its version of the Defense bill. Senate Democrats anticipate reconsideration of the bill will occur after the midterm elections.

Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen, who supports repeal, told reporters Wednesday that he hopes the Senate waits to vote again until after a Pentagon study of how the military would repeal the law is submitted to President Obama in December.

"If I could pick, and I can't, the way this would happen, I would like to finish the review and have the review then inform the legislative process," Mullen told reporters at a breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor. "I'm not in charge of the legislative process. It has, and I have said this many times, it is very difficult to predict that and it is really up to Congress to move that through."

The CNN survey of 1,010 adult Americans was conducted Sept. 21 to 23 and has a 3 percent margin of error, the network said.

By Ed O'Keefe  | September 29, 2010; 9:00 AM ET
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2/3 rds of who say it is okay for gays to be in the military. was this poll taken with military personnel involved or did you poll the gay community to get the WAPO answer you needed. I don't need anybody sharing a foxhole with me getting a hard on while looking at my A$$

Posted by: robertbeaver | September 29, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

So basically, Congress and Obama should listen to the majority when it comes to Obamacare and should not have passed it.

But to the haters, in this instance the majority should not be listened to?

Yet another amazing display of hypocrisy from the right

Posted by: racerdoc | September 29, 2010 10:47 AM | Report abuse

2/3 rds of who say it is okay for gays to be in the military. was this poll taken with military personnel involved or did you poll the gay community to get the WAPO answer you needed. I don't need anybody sharing a foxhole with me getting a hard on while looking at my A$$

Posted by: robertbeaver
________
Or you could just do your job as a gunner, MP, Intelligence Analysist, trnslator, etc and not worry about it.

Posted by: cadam72 | September 29, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

"I don't need anybody sharing a foxhole with me getting a hard on while looking at my A$$" St8 men are so ego-centric. They all assume that they are just gorgeous in the eyes of a gay man. Well, for 99.5% of the str8 men, no self respecting gay man would even find attractive, let alone stare at their A$$. If anything, it would be to point and remark about how they've gotten out of shape and how unattractive it is (or to pity the wife/girlfriend) at home.

Posted by: VTengineer | September 29, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Who cares what 2/3 of the country thinks about who should serve in the military. Obviously Congress or the Prewsident didn't care what 2/3 of americans thought about several laws they passed this year. the only poll that matetrs is what do tjose who aer serving or have served in the military think. Afterall, they are the experts on how such a change will affect them. I am tired of the cowards or elitests in this country who look down on the military or are afraid to serve deciding what's best for thos who put their lives on the line. If you haven't served, you have no iodea of life in the military, so STFU.

Posted by: hoyalawya96 | September 29, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Who cares what 2/3 of the country thinks about who should serve in the military. Obviously Congress or the President didn't care what 2/3 of Americans thought about several laws they passed this year. the only poll that matters is what do those who are serving or have served in the military think. After all, they are the experts on how such a change will affect them. I am tired of the cowards or elitests in this country who look down on the military or are afraid to serve deciding what's best for those who put their lives on the line. If you haven't served, you have no idea about life in the military, so STFU.

Posted by: hoyalawya96 | September 29, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Cowards or elitist? Just because someone doesn't agree with your opinion, they are obviously not part of the military, or served in the military. Nothing like jumping to conclusions...FYI You're WRONG! Additonally, the military is under civilian control and funding in this country (last I looked) and that means "Americans", not just those in the military.

Posted by: VTengineer | September 29, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

I kind of laugh at many who oppose gays in the military yet would never, ever, EVER think of signing up themselves

Everytime someone says they don't want gays in the military, slap a uniform and gun on them and tell them to ship to Iraq...oh, suddenly they don't mind a gay person taking their place? Funny how that works

Posted by: Bious | September 29, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

I think it should be up to the people in the military to make this decision. Who would know better than they what would work best for them? How can any of us that haven't served have a clue? I don't know what it is like to live in close quarters in terrible conditions. If the fine women and men in the military don't have a problem with it, then I certainly don't either - BUT, if it turns out that the majority don't like it, then I have to respect that too.
Shouldn't the brave men and women who risk their lives for us and our country be able to determine this policy for themselves? Why should anyone else even have a say?

Posted by: cothink2 | September 29, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Is someone serving their country any less just becuase the are GLBTS? Is their life at risk any less than someone who is straight? just a thought.

Posted by: srlenzie | September 29, 2010 9:42 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: shaiarra | September 29, 2010 9:48 PM | Report abuse

SAME SEXERS ARE US CITIZENS (9,13&14 AMENDMENTS) AND YET THEY ARE MADE TO LIVE AND STRUGGLE LIKE SLAVES UNDER AN OLD KKK LIKE JIM CROW SEGREGATIONIST REGIME CALLED ARCHAIC RELIGIOUS DEADLY HYPOCRITICAL PRINCIPLES , GOOGLE: CHURCH INVOLVEMENT IN US EUROPEAN TRANS ATLANTIC SLAVE TRADE......YOU WILL READ THEY HAD INVESTMENT AND PROFITS INTERESTS AND COMPANIES, FACE WITH THAT,

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Posted by: shaiarra | September 29, 2010 9:50 PM | Report abuse

You know, had a referendum on banning interracial marriages been put on the ballot down
South, up until about 20 years ago, it would have passed. Had civil rights been subject to a vote in those states, it would have also been voted down before about 1980.

matters of civil rights should never be put for a vote. If they were, as Prop 8 was, we might still have Jim Crow laws in the South, seperate drinking fountains and bathrooms, poll taxes, and a ban on inter-racial marriage.

Posted by: shaiarra | September 29, 2010 9:52 PM | Report abuse

OOOrah, about time this goes away. I served for 11 years with Gays in the military and had no problem. Some of the most squared away people I knew.

Posted by: Luwarn2 | September 30, 2010 8:32 AM | Report abuse

Gays in the US military: Homosexuals possess no strengths or weaknesses in regards to their ability to perform the various duties required in military service, but the very real issue of human attraction exist none the less. Human sexuality may be the greatest motivating factor in the lives of all us regardless of whether a person is gay or straight. The issue many military leaders have with an openly gay military is the fact that straight solders of the same sex are not attracted to each other physically which alleviates the potential for unnecessary problems in situations where military units share bunks, showers, etc. It is understood that gay men and women are just as sexually responsible as heterosexual men and women but we do not trust men and women who are straight to bunk and shower together due to their sexuality. To allow homosexuals to bunk and shower with the sex that they find desirable is not equality because straight solders are not offered the same privilege. It’s understood that a gay man in the military will not be attracted to every man he sees in the shower, just as a straight man would not be attracted to every women he would bunk with or see in the shower. The militaries view is not to provide an opportunity for gay or straight solders to be put in situations where sexuality could become a serious issue; human nature exists. Solders are not allowed to shower or bunk etc……. with a person who is a member of the gender they sexually prefer. As mentioned, it is unacceptable to consider ones performance or overall abilities to vary based on ones sexual preference but the above mentioned issues are a genuine and fair. Please comment I am very open to anyone’s opinion, or solutions to said issues. This is the only valid argument against gays in the military and I am sure like all problems it has a solution.

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Posted by: ouramericatoday | October 1, 2010 9:22 PM | Report abuse

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