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Friday, November 13, 2015

What America Thinks: Vets React to Women in Combat

We already know most voters support allowing military women to be in combat, but how do those who have actually served in the military feel about this issue? Turns out, they’re just as supportive. A new RallyPoint/Rasmussen Reports survey finds that 54% of active and retired military members believe women soldiers should be allowed to fight on the front lines and perform all the major combat roles that men do. Thirty-five percent (35%) disagree, while 11% are undecided.

Seventy-five percent (75%) of active and retired military women favor making women eligible for all combat roles, but just 51% of men agree. Marines are the only military service that don't think women in combat is a good idea. Those who are currently serving are more enthusiastic about the concept than veterans are. Among all likely voters, 56% think women should be on the front lines and in combat roles.