(SALT LAKE TRIBUNE) Eighty-three percent of the Boy Scout leaders, parents and representatives from charter organizations that run troops in the Great Salt Lake Council oppose lifting a ban on gay leaders and Scouts, according to a new survey.

But with a response rate of 11 percent — and a design that does not allow respondents to be anonymous — the survey may not represent the views of the 41,000 leaders and parents queried by the council, a University of Utah professor said.

The Great Salt Lake Council decided to conduct the email survey in advance of upcoming national discussions by the Boy Scouts of America about whether to alter membership rules, said Rick Barnes, the council’s Scouting executive.

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