Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Not Willing to Fight?

I was blown away by the results of a recent poll.

It purportedly shows that female college students are far more willing to enter the armed services to defend America than their male counterparts.

That blows me away.

According to a Family Security Matters.org poll, one thousand college students across the country were asked whether they’d consider joining the armed services if America went to war. (We’re talking every region here—not just small, liberal arts colleges in New England with crummy football teams…)

Get this: Men came in at 14 percent with women at 40 percent—basically a 3 to 1 margin.

(This, by the way, is the first generation of kids who entered college when 9/11 happened.)

Of course, as my UVA professor friend Larry Sabato reminded me, there are 1000 polls a day, and only 10 or so are to be trusted. Sabato thinks the real number is more like 20-30 percent, for men and women willing to fight.

Let's hope he’s right.