New poll: ‘By a solid margin, American voters say go ahead and allow gays to openly serve in the military’

From the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute comes another poll shows strong support for the repeal of DADT. The numbers are good and here’s the analysis:

“By a solid margin, American voters say go ahead and allow gays to openly serve in the military,” said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. “Voters think 2-1 that keeping gays from serving is discrimination. But they are much more mixed on exactly how the transformation of the military will occur and how the Pentagon should adjust to the needs of gay soldiers, sailors and Marines.”

“Perhaps surprisingly, there is little difference among age groups on allowing gays to serve openly: 57 percent of those 18 to 34 years old support open service, along with 59 percent of voters 35 to 54 years old and 54 percent of those 55 or older,” said Brown.

Yesterday, Nate Silver took a look at 25 issues to see whether the American people supported President Obama’s position or the Republican view. For the most part, Americans sided with Obama. Here’s Nate’s analysis of DADT:

Gays in the Military. Four organizations — FOX, Gallup, Quinnipiac, and CNN — have released polls on Don’t Ask Don’t Tell since Obama’s inauguration. They show an average of 58 percent saying that Don’t Ask Don’t Tell should be repealed and that gays and lesbians should be allowed to serve openly in the military, and 35 percent opposed. No votes have yet occurred on DADT in either the House or the Senate, although the House’s repeal legislation has just one Republican co-sponsor.

This new poll from Quinnipaic shows pretty much the same result. This one is a no-brainer. And, we’re all waiting for the White House and Senate to figure that out and actually push the repeal. Remember, Obama can include the repeal language in the budget recommendations he sends to Congress. He hasn’t yet, but he can.


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