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Should Women Be Allowed in Combat? — Survey of the Day

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Last week, the Pentagon decided open up thousands of near-the-front-line military jobs to female military personnel who were previously restricted from such roles.

Women are still banned from combat, although this move to put them closer to harm’s way has upset some, including Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum, who said that when women are too close to the front line “emotions” could lead to “compromised situations.” So what does the public think about the Pentagon’s measure?

According to an ABC News/Washington Post poll that was taken last year, 73 percent of American adults support allowing women in the military to serve in ground units that engage in close combat. Twenty-five percent opposed, and two percent had no opinion.

While younger people and those who describe themselves as liberal are more likely to support women in combat, not single traditional demographic group was majority opposed to the idea in the ABC News/Washington Post survey.

[ABC News]

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