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Senior Citizens Least Likely to Support Women in Combat: Pew, Washington Post Survey

Researchers finds broad support among most demographic groups for expanding women’s military role to the battlefield

Suppor for women in combat by age groupFeb. 6, 2013 - The public broadly supports the military’s decision to life the restrictions on women serving in combat, according to a recent survey by Pew Research Center for the People & the Press and The Washington Post. Senior citizens, however, composed the age group least likely to support the decision.

In an overview of the study, Pew reports two-thirds (66%) support allowing women in the military to serve in ground units that engage in close combat, while just 26% are opposed.

“Majorities of nearly all demographic groups offer support for allowing women to serve in ground units that engage in close combat. Notably, almost identical percentages of men (65%) and women (66%) support the change.”

But, senior citizens just barely made it over the majority line.

Seniors, which are almost always on one extreme end or the other of public opinion analysis, were the least likely to back the decision but there was a slight majority – 52% - of those over age 65 who gave it their okay.

Pew’s report says, “Older Americans are less supportive of the change in military policy than younger Americans. Among those 65 and older, 52% support the decision while 36% are opposed. By contrast, more than seven-in-ten of those younger than 50 (72%) support allowing women to serve in combat roles.”

Effect on military effectiveness

But the seniors, at least those with a firm opinion, were evenly split when asked if this decision would make the military’s effectiveness better or worse - 21% said “better” and 21% said “worse.” Almost half the senior citizens, 49%, don’t think the change will change the military effectiveness, and 9% had no opinion.


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The older Americans did maintain the unique position, however, being the least likely of all adult age groups to think this will make effectiveness better

By contrast, fewer think the decision will have

“Nearly half (49%) say allowing women to serve in combat roles  - will not make much difference to military effectiveness; among those who say it will have an impact, nearly twice as many say this will make military effectiveness better (29%) rather than worse (15%),” according to the Pew Report..

The Pew research breaks the results down into many other demographic groups.

>> Follow this link to the complete Pew summary – Click Here.


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