As the Pentagon unveiled plans to reverse a ban on women serving on the front lines, a poll released Wednesday found that most registered voters believe women should be eligible for a military draft if one is reinstituted.
The survey conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research shows that 59 percent believe women should be included if a draft becomes necessary again, compared to 38 percent who say they should not be included.
The poll was conducted by Mason-Dixon and the news site CapitalSoup.com to mark the 40th anniversary of the end of the U.S. military draft, according to the website.
Sixty-one percent of females say that women should be included in a future draft, compared to 57 percent of men who think so. Among age groups, the strongest support comes from 18-to-34-year-olds; 64 percent of voters in that group think women should be included, compared to 56 percent of those between 35 and 49 years of age, 60 percent between 50-64 years old, and 47 percent of those 65 or older.
Eighty percent of Democrats support including women, compared to 40 percent of Republicans, with independents supporting the notion by a 53 percent to 46 percent margin.
The telephone survey of 1,000 registered voters across the country was conducted on March 27 and 28 and April 1, 2013. The margin of error is +/- 3.2 percent.