Poll shows support for Boy Scouts to drop ban on out gay members

Quinnipiac University poll shows majority wants gays to serve openly in the Boy Scouts

Poll shows support for Boy Scouts to drop ban on out gay members
09 February 2013

A recent poll shows a majority of Americans see no problem with out gay Boy Scouts.

The Quinnipiac University poll, released on 6 February, shows that 55 percent of Americans want the Boy Scouts of America to drop its ban on out members.  Only 33 percent wish for no change in the BSA’s policy.

‘Now that the Armed Forces ban on openly gay service members has been lifted, and polls show increasing acceptance of same-sex marriage, most American voters think it’s time to open up the Boy Scouts too,’ Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, said in a statement.

The survey’s numbers show a gender divide ‘as women support gay scouts 61 – 27 percent, compared to 49 – 39 percent among men.’  There are also differences when religion is accounted for. White Catholics favor gay scouts, 63 to 25 percent. However, white Protestants are more evenly divided, with 44 percent for and  41 against. The majority of white evangelical Protestants want no change, with 56  percent  against gay scouts and only 33 for.

The same day the poll was released, the BSA announced it decided to delay a decision of whether or not to end the ban.

‘….Due to the complexity of this issue, the organization needs time for a more deliberate review of its membership policy,’ the group said in a statement.

Approximately 1,400 voting members of the National Council will reexamine the issue this upcoming May.

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