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Voters More Favorable Toward Women, Gays in Military

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Voters have become more accepting of women and gay and lesbian soldiers taking larger roles in the U.S. military than they have been in the past.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 49% of Likely U.S. Voters say the growing role of women in the military services is good for the military, tying February’s high, though that number has stayed in the narrow 45% to 49% range since polling began in late 2013. Just 15% now think women’s growing roles are bad for the military, down from 17%. One-in-three (30%) think it has no impact on the U.S. military. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on October 1-2, 2014 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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