Gays in the Military Experts Blast Survey
Gays in the Military experts are blasting a new poll, sent by Military Times magazine to its readers, that asks about Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. The Military Times annual poll asks troops about issues like strategy, job satisfaction, and leadership. For the last two years, the poll has also asked troops about the military’s ban on gay soldiers serving openly.
But Nathaniel Frank from gays in the military think tank ‘The Palm Center’ says the gay questions on this year’ssurvey have some serious methodology issues.
Frank: “There are questions about whether gay people have come on to you. Then the question right after that is ‘how do you feel about gays in the military?’ Well, If you pair in someone’s mind, by placement, sexual predation with attitudes about homosexuals, then you can guess that the responses are going to be more negative than they otherwise would be.”
But more important, Frank says, is the way in which the results of this survey were used last year – and likely will be again this year – to advocate AGAINST lifting the ban. Frank says opinion surveys, biased or not, have no place in deciding military policy.
Frank: “If there had been a poll about integrating the military racially in the 1940′s, we wouldn’t have done it. So only when it comes to gays do we get to say ‘hey troops, do you like gays?’ and if a bunch of them say no, then people argue from that, then we can’t let them serve. The military’s not about what individuals want. It’s about what works for the whole.”
Last year, 58 percent of those surveyed said the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy should stay. Frank says critics of gays in the military cited the poll WITHOUT mentioning that it was conducted only of Military Times SUBSCRIBERS … who tend to be older and more conservative than the military population at large.