Gay Voices (The Huffington Post)
February 5, 2013

Following on the heels of a Boy Scouts of America announcement that the group is reconsidering its longtime ban on gay members, a plurality of Americans say that the Boy Scouts of America should end the ban, according to a new HuffPost/YouGov poll. According to the new survey, 48 percent of Americans think the Boy Scouts should allow gay members, and only 32 percent say the group should not. Americans who were once members of the Boy Scouts are just as supportive, with 49 percent of former Boy Scouts saying the group should allow gay members and only 36 percent opposed. Former Boy Scouts were slightly more likely than men overall to support lifting the ban - men overall said they supported the Boy Scouts allowing gay members by a 44 percent to 39 percent margin. Women in the survey supported lifting the ban by a 51 percent to 25 percent margin.