In a new poll, the Quinnipiac Polling Institute has found that 56 percent of Americans, including 50 percent of voters with family in the military, believe that “the ban on openly gay men and women in the military should be repealed.” Respondents to the poll also rejected the idea that allowing gay men and women to serve openly in the military would be “divisive“:
White Catholics say 64 – 29 percent that gays in the military should be allowed to come out, while white evangelical Christians support “don’t ask; don’t tell” 53 – 40 percent. Voters reject 58 – 35 percent, including 56 – 39 percent in military households, the argument that allowing openly gay men and women to serve would be divisive, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University survey of 2,041 registered voters nationwide finds.
On MSNBC earlier today, Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, explained why the poll is “one of the most extensive ever done.” “We did over 2,000 interviews, which is double the size of most national polls,” said Brown. Watch it: