New Polling Shows Wide Support for Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal
January 15, 2010
Think Progress has some numbers from a new Democracy Corps poll showing widespread support for repeal of the military's discriminatory Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy. The pollsters purposely phrased the question in the most conservative way possible ("Federal law currently prohibits openly gay men and women from serving in the military. Do you think this law should be repealed or not?") and still 55 percent support repeal and 35 percent oppose. Other highlights they cite:
- 53 percent of self-ascribed Republicans oppose lifting the ban. 71 percent of Democrats favor repeal, as do 58 percent of Independents.
- Only 11 percent believe that DADT makes the military stronger. 61 percent believe it makes no difference either way.
- 63 percent believe that a repeal of DADT should be implemented across the military all at the same time, rather than branch by branch.
- Catholic voters approve of repealing the ban in even higher numbers than the general public, with 64 percent in support and 29 percent in opposition.