Newly released Gallup survey findings shows support for ending “don't ask, don't tell,” the 1993 law that prescribes discharge as the remedy for gay service members who do not remain closeted or celibate, has increased by six percentage points from 2004. But the largest gains in support have come from conservatives and weekly churchgoers.

A majority (58%) of conservatives approve of open gay service, a figure 12 percentage points higher than in November 2004, while support from weekly churchgoers has clocked up by 11 percent to 60%.

President Obama pledged during his campaign to end the discriminatory law, but grumbling about the pace of reform has grown louder as the administration has increasingly distanced itself from the issue.

The Pentagon and the White House have offered conflicting statements on the current state of repeal, leading many gay activists to call out Obama on his claims of support.

But the new figures suggest that conservative political retribution from repeal might not be as wounding as opponents have vociferously claimed, altering the political field on the issue considerably.

Pollsters contacted 1,015 adults nationwide during May 7 – 10 by telephone.