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
Feb. 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
“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
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.
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 –
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