Polling DataWashington Post/ABC News
July 10-13, 2008
• 75 percent of Americans - including 64 percent of Republicans - think gays who publicly disclose their sexual orientation should be allowed to serve in the military
• 22 percent of Americans think gays who publicly disclose their sexual orientation should not be allowed to serve in the military
• 3 percent had no opinion
May 4-6, 2007
• 79 percent of Americans think people who are openly gay or homosexual should be allowed to serve in the U.S. military
• 18 percent of Americans think people who are openly gay or homosexual should not be allowed to serve in the U.S. military
• 3 percent of Americans had no opinion
December 18, 2006
• 73 percent of military personnel are comfortable with lesbians and gays
• 23 percent of service members know for sure that someone in their unit is gay, including 21 percent of those in combat units
• 45 percent of military personnel suspect a member of their unit is gay
Pew Research Center
• 62 percent of moderate Republicans support open service, along with 85 percent of liberal Democrats.
• 67 percent of Catholics support open service, as do 53 percent of Protestants.
• 66 percent of Americans in the Northeast support open service and 58 percent of those living in the South do the same.
The Boston Globe
May 16, 2005
• 79 percent of Americans believe gays should be allowed to serve openly in the U.S. military.
• “Large majorities of Republicans, regular churchgoers, and [even"> people with negative attitudes toward gays think gays and lesbians should be allowed to serve openly in the military,” the Globe reported.
December 31, 2003
- 91 percent of Americans aged 18-29 support allowing gays to serve openly
- 68 percent of Americans over 65 support allowing gays to serve openly; 74 percent of those aged 50-64 and 81 percent of people aged 30-49 support open service
- 85 percent of American women and 73 percent of American men support allowing gays to serve openly
National Annenberg Election Survey
October 26, 2004
- 50 percent of junior enlist personnel say that gays and lesbians should be allowed to serve openly in the military, up from 16 percent in 1992
- 29 percent of military personnel believe open service is an issue of equal rights.
- Service members surveyed “believe sexual orientation is unrelated to job performance,” Annenberg reported.
- Only 16 percent of believed lesbian and gay service members were “bad for morale,” while just 12 percent thought allowing gays to serve openly would be “bad for teamwork.”
- 64 percent of those polled support allowing gays to serve openly