07/31/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

75 Percent Back Gays Serving In Military: Massive Shift

There has been a massive swing in public opinion on homosexuals in the military since 1993:

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. July 10-13, 2008. N=1,119 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3. Fieldwork by TNS.

"Do you think homosexuals who DO publicly disclose their sexual orientation should be allowed to serve in the military or not?"

July 2008: Should 75%--22% Should Not
January 2001: Should 62%--35% Should Not
May 1993: Should 44%--55% Should Not

That is a massive and remarkable shift on an issue that really isn't discussed that much anymore. It is demonstrative of a vastly more progressive nation on LGBT rights, and the large-scale failure of the conservative movement at persuasion in this area.

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