A number of public opinion surveys have claimed varying levels of public support for repeal of the 1993 law among civilian adults.  Annual surveys conducted by the Military Times newspapers have found strong opposition among active-duty subscriber respondents, who represent those who would be most affected by repeal of the 1993 law. 

In June 2010 The Department of Defense began a massive survey of 400,000 military personnel, asking questions did not include opinion on retention or repeal of the 1993 law.  In mid-July 2010 the Military Culture Coalition commissioned a professional survey of 1,000 likely voters nationwide, asking questions about the actual law and the consequences of repeal. Results of the various surveys can be found in the pages listed under this tab.  

Troops Losing Confidence in Commander-in-Chief

by Elaine Donnelly

November 14, 2011-President Barack Obama is working hard to shore up his liberal political base, but military voters may be less likely to lend support for his re-election.  According to the 2011 Military Times Poll of active-duty subscribers, confidence in the overall job performance of the Commander-in-Chief has plummeted from 70% to 25%.  The steep decline was illustrated with a multi-color bar graph on page 10 of the September 19, 2011, Navy Times print edition, and in a secondary link in the web-posted article available to non-subscribers, titled "A Souring Mood."  

The 2011 annual poll published in different service editions of the Gannet-owned Military Times indicated that weariness with the current long war is a major reason for slumping morale.   Ten years after the post-9/11 war in Afghanistan began, many troops are losing confidence in the mission there.  Approval of the president's handling of Afghanistan has slipped from 47% to 26%.  

New Gays-in-Military Law Ignores DoD Survey of Combat Troops


by Elaine Donnelly

January 25, 2011-Last month, the United States Senate voted for legislation that will impose heavy, unnecessary burdens on the backs of military men and women.  They are the ones who will pay a very high price for Congress’ reckless decision to repeal the law making homosexuals ineligible for military service.  The majority of troops did not indicate that they supported repeal of the 1993 law, which is always mislabeled “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”  That was impossible, because the question pointedly was not asked in the Department of Defense survey instruments.

The administration has tried to have it both ways—claiming that the DoD survey was not intended to be a “referendum” of the troops, while simultaneously allowing media reports to claim that it was.  The truth is that military personnel and families who support the current law were not given an equal opportunity to have their views respected and reported.  None of the survey instruments included the basic question of interest to members of Congress: Should the 1993 law be retained or repealed?

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.”