In the 15 years since the inception of the US military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy on gay servicemen and women, public opinion on the issue has shifted dramatically. In 1993, 44% of Americans said openly gay people should be allowed to enlist; a Washington Post-ABC News poll now puts that number at 75%.
That new figure breaks down to over 80% of Democrats, three quarters of Independents, and two thirds of conservatives. The jump was especially big in the latter group: In 1993, three quarters of conservatives opposed Clinton's proposal to lift the ban on gay enlistees. Among veterans, 71% say gay people should be allowed to serve, but only half support those who are "out."