ABC-WaPo Poll: Gays Should Serve Openly in Military

Timothy Kincaid

July 18th, 2008

Just in time for hearings on Don’t Ask – Don’t Tell, a new poll from ABC and the Washington Post reports increasing support for openly gay servicemembers.

Seventy-five percent of Americans in a new Washington Post-ABC News poll said homosexuals who are open about their sexual orientation should be allowed to serve in the U.S. military, up from 62 percent in early 2001 and 44 percent in 1993. Majorities of Democrats, Republicans and independents alike now believe it is acceptable for gays to serve openly in the U.S. armed forces.

Devlin Bach

July 19th, 2008

When the law is dropped, I do hope retroactivity is honored and that all military personnel effected will be offered a return to their posts and/or military. An apology and fiscal restitution would be pushing it, though I would vote to award treble damages.


July 19th, 2008

Poor Elaine Donnelly at the Center for Military Manliness is probably clutching her pearls and stomping around the office about now.


July 20th, 2008

I wonder what the tipping point might be. If 75% of Americans say that LQTBG(etc.) people should serve openly in the military, is that enough to get a majority of Congress to vote on the matter? What if it gets to 80%?

Cynicism… running… high… Must… lie… down….


July 21st, 2008

About 24% of the American political spectrum is reactionaries, and they’re more interested in social issues and more ‘Christian’ than anyone else on the Right.

This poll shows that everyone other than them is fine with gays in the military. I don’t think you can get them to approve. The measure for them is that they stop caring and stop pushing, i.e. say they’re undecided.

Over at PollingReport.Com the full ABC/WaPo numbers on the specific question are 75% in favor, 22% opposed, 3% undecided. That basically says the 24% are still uniformly opposed, unfortunately.

Short federal political analysis: there’s no punishment for Democrats to ending DADT- that bloc only votes Republican. Moderate Republicans are on dicey ground but their votes are not needed. Red State Republicans won’t dare go against their base, of course.


July 21st, 2008

After reading Larry’s comment above (a few times, since he posted it two days ago), I finally decided to hold my nose and check out what she had to say about this. Just as I thought, she is spinning this in her usual manner. The CMR’s main website at has, at the top (at this writing) a link to something new she wrote about this poll, here.
I’m getting ready for work, so I don’t have time to take it apart, but I’m sure one of our heroes here at BTB can do a full breakdown and analysis long before I get back to my keyboard.

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