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US voters oppose change in military 'don't ask don't tell' policy

August 11, 2010

American voters do not support a plan to abolish restrictions on homosexuals entering military service, a major new public-opinion survey has found. Voters want Congress to be guided by the military service chiefs who have expressed support for current law.

Likely voters almost unanimously agreed that overturning the 1993 law should not be a priority for Congress. More than half viewed President Barack Obama as putting politics ahead of principle in promoting repeal of the law.

The Military Culture Coalition, a network of major organizations supporting the current law regarding homosexuals in the military, released results of the survey on August 10. Unlike an earlier poll that had shown stronger support for a proposal to abolish the current policy—often described as the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy—the new poll took answers only from 1,000 respondents who identified themselves as likely to vote in upcoming elections.


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  • Posted by: Defender - Aug. 12, 2010 2:49 PM ET USA

    Percentage-wise, these are not the ones in the foxholes, up front, etc. The more senior they are, the more PC they have to be to advance - this guides their actions more than most people know.

  • Posted by: New Sister - Aug. 11, 2010 7:51 PM ET USA

    Defender - not the younger, "educated" (more like indoctrinated) officers, I'm afraid. Even the top - Chairman of the Joint Chiefs - has drunk the kool-aid.

  • Posted by: Defender - Aug. 11, 2010 4:51 PM ET USA

    I'm sure if you asked current and former military members how they feel about it, they would agree.