A US military-themed publication is under fire after releasing poll results that claim “half of active-duty service members” dislike the Commander in Chief.
The poll, which was released on Wednesday by the Military Times, surveyed around 1,630 active-duty Military Times subscribers and was conducted in partnership with the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) at Syracuse University.
The publication admits that the numbers likely reflect “a more career-minded subset of the military than the force as a whole.”
“These are people for whom the morals and standards of the military mean a lot,” said Peter Feaver, a former White House adviser to former President George W. Bush who now works as a political science professor at Duke University. “The president has criticized those same career workers in the State Department and other agencies. So, it’s possible they are more likely to be offended by the president than other parts of the military.”
The poll revealed that President Donald Trump had only 42 percent approval in his latest poll, a 4 percent drop from a survey conducted in 2016.
According to the Military Times, the latest Gallup poll had the president’s approval rating among the public at 43 percent.
Gruntworks, a military lifestyle brand, criticized Military Times for conducting a poll with what they felt was a small and rather narrow sample size.
“So, a ‘Military’ Magazine (owned by a liberal media group) has come out with Poll of 1600 of THEIR subscribers,” Gruntworks wrote.
Gruntworks then conducted a poll of their own, which got over 9,200 responses in under three hours- and were skewed in overwhelming favor of President Trump.
Despite polling lower than expected in the Military Times survey, President Trump still bested former President Barack Obama, who was viewed in a positive light by only 36 percent of troops polled.
In 2016, Military Times’ parent company, Sightline Media, was bought by Regent Companies, a private investment firm based in Beverley Hills, California.
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