The public did not support the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell
Several major polls showed strong support for repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell
Several major polls found strong support for repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell shortly before Congress voted to do so in December 2010:
A November 2010 poll by the Pew Research Center found that 58 percent of respondents favored allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly in the armed forces, while 27 opposed it.
A December 2010 poll by Gallup found that 67 percent of respondents would vote for a law that would allow gays and lesbians to serve openly in the U.S. military, while 28 percent opposed it.
A December 2010 poll for The Washington Post and ABC News found that 77 percent of respondents said gays and lesbians who publicly disclose their sexual orientation should be allowed to serve in the military, 21 percent said no.