While both Sec. Gates and Adm. Mullen used the term “homosexuals” to describe gay people in the military, the GLAAD-approved way to refer to men and women who have sex with the same sex is “gays and lesbians.” Turns out, obviously, that it makes a difference when you conduct Don’t Ask Don’t Tell polling.
A CBS News/New York Times poll that specifically focused on the language used in other polls finds that “homosexuals” are less deserving of serving openly, but “gay men and lesbians” receive much broader support.
And wording also affects how people think about homos serving in the military at all.
But no matter how you phrase things, the overall trend: more Americans support repealing DADT now than ever before.