Poll: Majority support admitting gay Boy Scouts

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On Sunday, President Obama voiced his support for the initiative, saying "nobody should be barred" from the opportunities and experiences provided by scouting.

“My attitude is that gays and lesbians should have access and opportunity the same way everybody else does in every institution and walk of life,” Obama said in a CBS News interview. “The Scouts are a great institution that are promoting young people and exposing them to opportunities and leadership that will serve people for the rest of their lives.”

The poll found significant division along gender and religious lines. While more than six in 10 women surveyed back allowing gay scouts, only 49 percent of men do so. While 63 percent of Catholics support removing the ban, only 44 percent of Protestants do so.

Still, the only group where a plurality of those surveyed did not support removing the ban was evangelical Protestants. Among that group, 56 percent opposed lifting the ban, while a third supported it.