A majority of Americans and a plurality of Republicans support repeal of “Don't Ask, Don't Tell.”

The military ended its 18-year-old policy that banned gay and bisexual troops from serving openly on September 20, nine months after Congress repealed the law with the help of few Republicans.

According to a new CBS poll released on Thursday, 68 percent of Americans support the move, including 50 percent who said they “strongly” favored repeal.

The survey also found a plurality of Republicans favor repeal.

Forty-eight percent of Republicans surveyed said they favor “strongly” or “somewhat” the open service of gay troops in the military, while 41 percent remain opposed. Only 12 percent of Republicans “strongly” oppose gay men and lesbians serving openly in the military.

However, a majority of candidates vying for the GOP presidential nomination support “Don't Ask, Don't Tell.” And three GOP candidates have vowed to reinstate the policy, including former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. Herman Cain once called for reinstatement of the policy but he later backtracked, saying undoing repeal would create a distraction.