Military Culture Coalition Survey – 2010
AMERICANS PREFER RETENTION OVER REPEAL OF 1993 LAW ON GAYS IN THE MILITARY, OPPOSE ABORTION IN MILITARY HOSPITALS
Washington, D.C.—A survey of 1,000 likely voters, commissioned by The Military Culture Coalition (MCC), finds support for the status quo on the issue of homosexuals in the military. It also finds little support for the current movement to repeal the 1993 law that is referred to as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT).
Center for Military Readiness President Elaine Donnelly predicted that the opinions of likely voters reflected in the MCC survey would give lawmakers yet another reason to support the current law. “Americans understand that the current push for sexual minorities in the military is motivated by politics, not principle. Instead of seeking favor with a minority of LGBT activists, lawmakers should heed the advice of military leaders who support the current law.”
A detailed report and analysis of the Military Culture Coalition Survey is posted here:
Support for the Current Law
Opposition to Activist Group Recommendations to Make the New Policy “Work”
Political Perils of Voting for Legislation
Organizations supporting MCC efforts in defense of the 1993 law include Family Research Council Action, the Center for Security Policy, Focus on the Family CitizenLink, the Alliance Defense Fund, Let Freedom Ring, Concerned Women for America, Liberty Counsel, Eagle Forum, Thomas More Law Center, Freedom Alliance, Tradition, Family & Property and the American Family Association.
Unlike other major news organization polls of adults in general, the MCC Survey sought the opinions of 1,000 likely voters nationwide. The Polling Company/WomanTrend conducted the poll in mid-July with randomly-dialed phone calls, producing results with a 3.1% margin of error. The extensive survey asked respondents specific questions about the1993 law and the political impact on lawmakers voting to revoke it. It also used terms favored by LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) groups advocating repeal, and sought opinions on controversial proposals that the same activists have recommended for implementation if Congress revokes the law.
To schedule an interview with Donnelly or leaders of the various organizations working with the Military Culture Coalition, call CMR Executive Director Tommy Sears at 202/347-5333, or visit the MCC website at www.militaryculturecoalition.org.
* * * * * * *The Center for Military Readiness is an independent, non-partisan 501(c)(3) public policy organization that specializes in military social issues. More information is available at www.cmrlink.org
Congress Should Heed Polls on Gays in Military
By Robert Maginnis
Two recent polls took vastly different approaches in surveying views about homosexuals serving in the military. A Pentagon poll asked politically correct questions designed to elicit positive responses to changing the policy, while a poll of voters sent a loud and clear message against a change.
Congress, which is the audience for both surveys, should pay close attention for the sake of the country’s security.
The Comprehensive Review Working Group (CRWG), the Pentagon’s task force preparing the report on homosexuals for Congress, was directed by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates to “examine the issues associated with repeal of the law” and to develop “an implementation plan that addresses the impacts” by December 1. The law in question is 10 U.S.C. § 654, the “Policy Concerning Homosexuality in the Armed Forces,” which is often confused with the regulation known as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”
Mr. Maginnis is a retired Army lieutenant colonel, a national security and foreign affairs analyst for radio and television and a senior strategist with the U.S. Army.