the flip side of euphemisms and insults--polling data

Victor Steinbok aardvark66 at GMAIL.COM
Thu Feb 11 22:15:35 UTC 2010

> A new CBS News/New York Times poll released this afternoon shows 57%
> of Americans approve of "homosexuals" serving in the military. Change
> the word "homosexual" to "gay men and lesbians" and the support jumps
> to 70%. The change in support holds when respondents were asked
> whether they think "homosexuals" vs. "gay men and lesbians" should be
> allowed to serve openly in the U.S. armed forces.
> On the "serve openly" question, 44% were in favor when the word
> "homosexual" is used, and 42% were opposed. When that word was swapped
> for the alternate "gay men and lesbians" wording, support for serving
> openly jumped to 58%. Just 28% were opposed.

The poll should be at

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