Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Which presidential candidate do U.S. troops support?

At first blush, you might not think this significant. Always, in the recent past anyway, the U.S. military has been conservative and has supported Republican presidential candidates.

But in the past few months, I can tell you--liberal acquaintances of mine has been claiming that there was widespread support for Barack Obama in the U.S. military; and those same liberals have tried to suggest that there is a lot of disillusionment in the military with the war in Iraq.

Well, if true, then a poll of the military should show Obama doing well with the troops, right?
But here's what a recent poll shows instead:

"A poll by the Military Times newspaper group suggests that there is overwhelming support for John McCain among U.S. troops in every branch of the armed forces by a nearly 3-1 margin. According to the poll, 68 percent of active-duty and retired servicemen and women support McCain, while 23 percent support Barack Obama. The numbers are nearly identical among officers and enlisted troops. The Military Times, which publishes the Army Times, Navy Times, Marine Corps Times and Air Force Times, polled 80,000 subscribers from Sept 22 to Sept. 29. The non-scientific survey gathered 4,300 respondents -- all of them registered and eligible to vote."