The results of a new CNN poll suggest that at least some people who disagree with "homosexual relationships" believe that "gays" should be allowed to serve openly in the military. The Atlantic's Politics channel parses the results of the poll, released Tuesday, which reflects other major polls in revealing that 69% of respondents support allowing people who are openly gay or lesbian to serve in the military, while 29% are opposed.
"But what CNN's results do illustrate, in a nice side-by-side comparison, is that letting gays serve openly in the military is popular with some people who think homosexuality itself is wrong," reports The Atlantic.
"CNN asked respondents whether they 'personally think that homosexual relationships between consenting adults is morally wrong, or not a moral issue'; 48% said it's wrong, and 50% said it's not a moral issue."
"Since 69% of those respondents support letting gays serve openly, that means some of those people think both that homosexuality is wrong and that gays should be able to serve openly."
The Atlantic asks whether wording could be the reason, as people seem to have a more positive impression of the word gays than they do of the word homosexuals.