Survey: Majority of Americans agree with women in combat

By WEEK Producer

Survey: Majority of Americans agree with women in combat

January 28, 2013 Updated Jan 28, 2013 at 5:48 PM CDT

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Nearly 60 percent of Americans say they agree with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta's overturn on the ban of women in combat, according to a recent Rasmussen survey.
 
On the other hand, 32 percent oppose full combat roles for women.  Rasmussen says more male voters oppose combat roles for women than female voters do.
 
Additionally, younger voters are bigger champions of the policy change than their elders.
 
Eighty-eight percent believe women should be required to pass the same physical tests as men if they are allowed to serve in special forces such as the Green Berets and Navy SEALs, up five points from last February, while 8 percent think women should not have to pass the same physical tests.