Back in February there was a CBS poll on DADT that asked some people if they were OK with "homosexuals" serving in the military and other people if they were OK with "gay men and lesbians" serving in the military. There was a discrepancy between the results for either half and it became a big LGBT-blogosphere meme that the word "homosexual" is so terrible that it makes people change their opinions on political matters. At the time, I was the only person I know of who remarked that that particular poll was probably a fluke, that polls from different sources at around the same time period used different words and ended up with results inconsistent with the hypothesis that the word "homosexual" decreases support for gay rights.
Now there's a new Washington Post/ABC poll out on DADT that asked two different questions, but for half the people they asked about "homosexuals" and the other half they asked about "gays and lesbians." Here's what the Washington Post had to say about that:
The survey asked "gays and lesbians" or "homosexuals," presenting each term to random half-samples of respondents. Both versions of the questions yielded similar results.
So similar they didn't even release separate results.
Now will there be blog posts everywhere about this, about how homosexuals and gay and lesbian are all value-neutral, or at least value-equivalent, terms? Will this poll get much publicity as the poll that showed a big difference between those terms? I doubt it, and I'm someone who doesn't particularly like the word "homosexual."