WSJ/NBC Poll: 50% Support Repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"
4:33 PM, Nov 18, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
A Wall Street Journal/NBC poll finds that 50 percent of voters favor repealing the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy toward gays in the military, while 38 percent favor keeping the policy. That's a far cry from the much cited CNN poll earlier this year, which found that 78 percent of all adults favor repeal. Meanwhile, a new Quinnipiac poll shows that 58 percent of registered voters favor repeal.
A Quinnipiac poll earlier this year found voters to be much more ambivalent about the actual implications of repealing DADT: voters were split 46% to 45% when asked if straight and openly gay troops should be required to live in the same facilities.
While the polls have varied, they've consistently shown a majority in favor of repeal. But it's also clear that the issue is not, at present time, driving a lot of voters to the Democrats. If it were, you wouldn't have seen House Republicans--who voted almost unanimously against repeal--gain over 60 seats on November 2.