I, for one, would like to see the results of responses from just the parents of Scouts. The others may have an opinion but they should not have a vote since they have no skin (child) in the game.
Membership Standards Study Initiative Executive Summary
Parents Study Group and Leaders Study Group
The Parents Study Group was charged with listening to the voice of parents and leaders, including parents who currently do not have youth in the program. Research on parents was conducted by North Star Opinion Research on parents of boys younger than 18both members and nonmembers.
The research finds a significant shift in attitudes regarding the BSA policy on homosexuality.
Three years ago, parents supported the current BSA policy by a wide margin58 percent to 29 percent. Today, parents oppose the policy by a 45 percent to 42 percent margin.
Three years ago, 57 percent of parents of current Scouts supported the policy. Today, only 48 percent of parents of current Scouts support the policy.
The BSAs Voice of the Scout Membership Standards Survey was sent to more than 1 million adult members, with over 200,000 respondents. The survey found:
Respondents support the current policy by a 61 percent to 34 percent margin.
Support for the current policy is higher at different program and volunteer levels in the organization:
o 50 percent of Cub Scout parents support it; 45 percent of Cub Scout parents oppose.
o 61 percent of Boy Scout parents support it.
o 62 percent of unit leaders support it.
o 64 percent of council and district volunteers support it.
o 72 percent of chartered organizations support it.