NEW YORK, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- Most Americans want to repeal the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy but the percentage of people who don't want it gone has increased, a poll indicates.
In an online national survey of 1,012 American adults conducted Sept. 22-23, 59 percent of respondents said gays, lesbians and bisexuals should be permitted to serve openly in the U.S. military, an Angus Reid Public Opinion poll released Monday found.
The figure is down 7 percent since the last poll taken February. Thirty-one percent oppose the idea, indicating an increase of 6 percent since the same time period.
The poll showed 71 percent of Democrats -- a drop of 4 percent -- and 63 percent of Independent voters -- a drop of 7 percent -- said they favor repealing the "don't ask, don't tell" policy.
The views of Republicans have changed greatly since the February poll, with an increase of 21 percent in those opposed to allowing gays, lesbians and bisexuals to serve openly.
The margin of error is 3.1 percentage points.