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New Gallup Poll Shows 67% Support Repeal of 'DADT'

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New numbers from a Gallup poll released today are consistent with previous findings that a large majority of Americans support repeal of the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy:

"If they had an opportunity to vote on it, 67% of Americans say they would vote for a law that would allow gays and lesbians to serve openly in the U.S. military...Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) could yet call a vote on the issue, after he pushed back a vote Wednesday night on the defense authorization bill that includes repeal. The delay came at the request of lawmakers who wanted more time to debate and secure the 60-vote majority necessary to block a Republican filibuster. Rank-and-file Republicans currently are evenly divided on the issue, with the most opposition coming from conservative Republicans. Large majorities of Democrats, independents, and moderate and liberal Republicans are in favor."

Gibbs White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs spoke out again on the issue today at his press briefing:

"The president strongly believes that one of two things are going to happen: Either Congress is going to decide this legislatively, or the courts are going to decide this. And, uh, the policy is going to come to an end. Congress has to ask themselves how they want to end this -- what role they want to play in ensuring that it's done in an orderly way."

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  1. The Republican numbers don't surprise me, but how can you say you'd vote against such a law and still call yourself a "Liberal Democrat"? 11%!? Who are these people? They are not liberal democrats.

    Posted by: Andy F | Dec 9, 2010 3:11:50 PM


  2. "decide this legislatively, OR THE COURTS ARE GOING TO DECIDE THIS" (emphasis mine)

    Interesting. Before they were pushing "legislatively or bust" now they are starting to ease in the option of turning to the courts.

    Posted by: ravewulf | Dec 9, 2010 3:13:45 PM


  3. Why then is is it so friggin hard for Obama and the Congress to pass repeal?

    Posted by: Brad | Dec 9, 2010 3:15:48 PM


  4. Right, either congress or the courts will decide this... way to shirk the responsibility onto the other 2 branches of government. All Obama ever had to do was make one magic stroke of his pen ending the enforcement of the policy, and dare anyone to defy him. Now he's shrugging his shoulders as if he's an objective viewer of the happenings in Washington.

    Posted by: Andy F. | Dec 9, 2010 3:45:43 PM


  5. Collins just changed her vote.

    Posted by: Tyler | Dec 9, 2010 4:04:39 PM


  6. Never mind the usual snarks on here about 'neocons' and Republicans. They aren't the majority in the U.S. Most Americans are moderate centralists and this poll, if believable, proves it. The real blame in this story honestly rests with the president. He is not acting like a leader, more like a community organizer trying to reach consensus for every little thing, which in fact what he was for a lot of his adult life. He could have and can still ram this through. But he's been playing hardball politics and deal making all along.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Dec 9, 2010 4:07:01 PM


  7. The numbers were at 89% a few years ago. Why the decrease? Because the bigots have been outspoken, out loud, outside, out protesting, out spreading their lies. We have not. Where have we marched and protested for this? We haven't. We let the right wingers set the tone and define the terms and all we can do now is scratch our heads and sigh "oh, this too too homophobic world!"

    You get the rights you're willing to fight for. Emails are not fighting. Phone calls are not fighting. Lobbying is not fighting. Haven't progressives learned a damn thing from the failure of the Obama administration? Progressives that don't stand up and fight for their ideals aren't really progressives. They're cowards who talk a lot.

    Posted by: Barnabus Jones | Dec 9, 2010 4:50:58 PM


  8. Oh, I DEMAND a tax refund for all the DOD dollars I've been paying in the system for something that does not protect me and I am not allowed to serve in. The military is supposed to be representative of the American People. I claim Taxation without representation.

    Posted by: Chris Crieta | Dec 9, 2010 8:16:51 PM


  9. Chris Crieta:

    The military isn't responsible. This issue is the responsibility of civilian political leadership. And whether polls show public majorities have fluctuated over the years, there is still a clear and strong majority in favor of repeal. And a clear majority of armed forces themselves [if the Pentagon survey is taken at face value] also favor repeal or don't care one wsy or the other.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Dec 9, 2010 9:01:49 PM


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