Poll: 50% (Or 72%) of America Wants To Be Kept Safe By Openly Gay Troops

A full 50 percent of Americans support the right of gay and lesbian troops to serve openly, a new NBC-WSJ poll finds. (That’s a 10-point jump from 2000.) Some 38 percent of those polled said they support keeping Don’t Ask Don’t Tell alive, and 10 percent say they don’t want any gays serving at all, but curiously all those respondents were named John McCain. But! A CNN poll (PDF) says support stands at 72 percent. It’s all in how you ask, perhaps.