February 6, 2013 - American Voters Back Gay Scouts, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds

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The Boy Scouts of America should drop its ban on openly gay members, American voters say 55 - 33 percent in a Quinnipiac University national poll released today.

There is a large gender gap as women support gay scouts 61 - 27 percent, compared to 49 - 39 percent among men, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds. White Catholics support gay scouts 63 - 25 percent. Among white Protestants, 44 percent say open up scouting and 41 percent say no. White evangelical Protestants oppose gay scouts 56 - 33 percent.

One troubling finding for Scouting in America is that 54 percent of voters say they were Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts, while only 36 percent of voters, including 55 percent of former scouts, say they have children in Scouting.

"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," said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

From January 30 - February 4, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,772 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.3 percentage points. Live interviewers call land lines and cell phones.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio, Virginia and the nation as a public service and for research.

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47. Do you think The Boy Scouts of America should continue its ban on openly gay members or end its ban on openly gay members?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Continue ban         33%    51%    19%    31%    39%    27%    33%    28%    35%
End ban              55     33     71     57     49     61     55     57     57
DK/NA                12     16     10     12     12     12     12     14      7
 
                     WHITE.............................                   SCOUTS
                     COLLEGE DEG                 BrnAgn POL PHIL......... YESQ48
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Evngl  Lib    Mod    Con OR Q49
 
Continue ban         26%    36%    41%    25%    56%    16%    23%    56%    32%
End ban              65     50     44     63     33     79     65     30     57
DK/NA                 9     14     15     12     11      6     12     13     10
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Continue ban         25%    36%    37%    32%    27%    30%    28%    34%    38%
End ban              64     51     50     59     62     62     61     53     46
DK/NA                11     13     13      9     11      8     11     13     17
 
                     HvKids
                     <18
 
Continue ban         32%
End ban              58
DK/NA                11
 
 
48. Were you yourself ever in the Boy Scouts or the Girl Scouts or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes                  54%    54%    52%    56%    53%    54%    57%    43%    39%
No                   46     46     47     43     46     45     43     56     61
DK/NA                 -      -      -      1      1      -      -      1      -
 
                     WHITE.............................                   SCOUTS
                     COLLEGE DEG                 BrnAgn POL PHIL......... YESQ48
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Evngl  Lib    Mod    Con OR Q49
 
Yes                  64%    54%    55%    60%    51%    58%    55%    52%    82%
No                   36     46     45     40     48     41     45     47     18
DK/NA                 -      1      -      -      1      1      -      1      -
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Yes                  63%    49%    52%    58%    55%    46%    51%    60%    49%
No                   37     50     48     42     44     53     49     39     50
DK/NA                 -      1      1      -      1      1      -      1      -
 
                     HvKids
                     <18
 
Yes                  53%
No                   47
DK/NA                 -
 
 
49. Do you now have or did you ever have any children involved in the Boy Scouts or the Girl Scouts or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes                  36%    39%    37%    36%    27%    44%    38%    35%    23%
No                   64     60     63     64     73     55     62     65     77
DK/NA                 -      1      -      -      -      -      -      -      -
 
                     WHITE.............................                   SCOUTS
                     COLLEGE DEG                 BrnAgn POL PHIL......... YESQ48
                     Yes    No     Prot   Cath   Evngl  Lib    Mod    Con OR Q49
 
Yes                  37%    38%    43%    42%    39%    34%    39%    37%    55%
No                   62     61     57     57     61     66     61     63     45
DK/NA                 1      -      -      1      -      -      -      -      -
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   ANNUAL HSHOLD INC    AGE IN YRS..............
                     Yes    No     <50K   50-100 >100K  18-29  30-44  45-64  65+
 
Yes                  36%    36%    36%    36%    35%     2%    30%    42%    59%
No                   63     64     64     64     65     98     70     58     41
DK/NA                 -      -      -      -      -      -      -      -      -
 
                     HvKids
                     <18
 
Yes                  37%
No                   63
DK/NA                 -
 

Demographic Summary