Poll: 77% Back DADT Repeal

Another poll confirming that repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is pretty much only opposed by the cloture crowd on the GOP Senate caucus:

Nearly eight in 10 Americans favor allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

The results signal continued widespread public support for ending the military’s 17-year ban on gays in the military and come as Congress prepares to vote again on legislation ending the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” law.

Overall, 77 percent of Americans say gays and lesbians who publicly disclose their sexual orientation should be able to serve in the military. That’s little changed from polls over the two years, but represents the highest level of support in a Post-ABC poll. The support also cuts across partisan and ideological lines, with majorities of Democrats, Republicans, independents, liberals, conservatives and white evangelical Protestants in favor of homosexuals’ serving openly.

The House of Representatives is set to vote Wednesday on a bill that would repeal “don’t ask, don’t tell,” and it is expected to pass easily in the Democratic-dominated House; its fate in the Senate remains uncertain.

Just repeal the damn thing already, guys. So we don’t have to have this debate all over again.

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Doug Mataconis held a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020. He passed far too young in July 2021.


  1. Boyd says:

    Yes, Doug’s mind is made up. Addressing the concerns of front-line Marines, as voice by their Commandant, is just wasting time.

    BTW, I say this as the father of a gay man, so don’t anyone try to foist this “homophobia” crap on me. I know it’s hard for some of you, but do try to stick to the actual issues for once instead of descending into your reflexive ad hominem responses.

  2. You mean the concerns of one Commandant as opposed to pretty much everyone else in the Pentagon leadership.

    If the military had been polled in 1948, there would have been many people saying that integrating the military would be disruptive. And yet they did it and they adjusted even as much of that integration was implemented during an event you may have heard of called the Korean War

  3. anjin-san says:

    > Addressing the concerns of front-line Marines

    No level of service gives on the right to relegate other citizens of this country to second class status. If we don’t have equal justice under the law, WTF are front-line Marines fighting for?

  4. John says:

    Any Marine that’s scared of being ogled in the showers isn’t worthy of the military.