Public Policy Polling, the folks Joe relies on the most:
It’s a similar story when it comes to the prospect of repealing ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’ Over 54% of voters support it with 37% opposed. But among the voters Democrats need to make happy- the ones planning to or considering voting for them this year- there is 72/24 support for letting gays and lesbians serve openly in the military. The total numbers are brought down only because of 59/25 opposition with folks who will never vote for them anyway.
Congressional Democrats really need to decide if they’re going to let their agenda be dictated by voters who won’t support them no matter what they do. These numbers provide pretty clear evidence that most of the voters opposed to health care and repeal of DADT will not consider voting Democratic even if the party decides not to move on those issues.
And in fact, most polls show support in the 60% to 70% range for repealing DADT. But the larger point is that Democrats keep knee-capping their own agenda in order to woo people who will never vote for them.