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New Poll: Majority of Americans Favor Repeal of DADT

New Poll: Majority of Americans Favor Repeal of DADT

Two-thirds of Americans say the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy amounts to discrimination. According to the Quinnipiac University poll Wednesday, by a 57 percent to 36 percent margin, Americans say openly gay and lesbian service members should be allowed to serve in the US military. Democrats overwhelmingly backed the repeal. 

Two in three Americans say the current "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy amounts to discrimination, reports the New York Daily News.

According to the Quinnipiac Universitypoll, by a 57 percent to 36 percent margin, Americans say openly gay and lesbian service members should be allowed to serve in the US military.

Wednesday's poll also found that voters believe by a 66%-31% margin that barring gays from serving is discriminatory.

Democrats overwhelmingly backed the repeal, while Republicans oppose it 53 percent to 40 percent. Independents backed repeal 56 percent to 37 percent.

Voters from military households were split 48 percent yes and 47 percent no on ending DADT.

According to CBSNews, the findings point to support for repealing the policy but also mixed feelings on how such a change should be implemented.

For example, American voters are evenly split on whether gay and lesbian personnel should share quarters with their straight colleagues. And half say the Pentagon should not provide for domestic partners of gay and lesbian personnel.

However, the survey also finds that 54 percent say gays and lesbians in the military should be restricted in exhibiting their sexual orientation on the job.

Quinnipiac University surveyed 2,617 registered voters nationwide from February 2 to 8.

View the complete poll results here.

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