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Majority of Americans Oppose Girls Joining Boy Scouts

A new NBC/WSJ poll shows 57 percent of Americans are against the recent Boy Scouts of America decision to admit girls next year. (Image credit: Fort George G. Meade Public Affairs Office/Flickr)

A new NBC/WSJ poll shows 57 percent of Americans are against the recent Boy Scouts of America decision to admit girls next year. The results unsurprisingly break down along partisan lines:

Among Democrats, 50 percent support the move, while 41 percent oppose it. But among Republicans, just 19 percent back the Boy Scouts’ decision, while a whopping 77 percent give it a thumbs down.

Another notable delineation arises among age groups:

Younger Americans are about evenly split, with 47 percent of 18-34 year-olds supporting the move and 44 percent opposing it. But among Americans over 50, those opposing the Boy Scouts' decision outnumber those supporting it by a margin of more than two to one.

The difference between genders was marginal, with 58 percent of men and 56 percent of women against the idea, and the decision has been met with mixed reactions across the board.

The Boy Scouts of America announced on October 11 that young girls would soon be allowed to join Cub Scout troops and that older girls would be eligible to earn the rank of Eagle Scout, saying in a statement that the decision came after “years of receiving requests from families and girls.” But the policy change has received mixed reviews from some advocates, including Girl Scouts USA, which responded to the announcement by lauding the benefits of “the single-gender environment.”

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