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February 11, 2010


Support for Gays in the Military Depends on the Question

A new CBS News/New York Times poll shows how the wording of a survey question dramatically influences the result.

The poll finds 59% of Americans say they now support allowing "homosexuals" to serve in the U.S. military. But when the question is changed to whether Americans support "gay men and lesbians" serving in the military, 70% of Americans say they support that.

There's a further difference when the question specifies that they "openly" serve. In this case, just 44% favor allowing "homosexuals" to openly serve in the military while 58% favor allowing "gay men and lesbians" to serve openly.












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