A recent survey conducted by Military Times shows that while members of the military will exercise their right to go to the polls and cast their votes in November– they won’t necessarily be thrilled about their choice –especially when it comes to the two options for commander in chief.
Military Times indicated that the survey, which was conducted in early July, over-represents officers and NCOs and under-represents junior enlisted personnel. It obtained responses from 1,915 active-duty service members, reservists and National Guard personnel.
While the report shows that American military personnel favor Donald Trump by a 2 to 1 margin, more than 61 % of respondents indicated they were “dissatisfied” with the Republican presidential nominee. An overwhelming 82% said they were unhappy with Hillary Clinton. 23% said they plan to vote for a third party candidate.
According to the survey, more than 83% of troops question Mrs. Clinton’s honesty and trustworthiness, mainly because of the scandals involving Benghazi and her personal email server. The report also showed that among Marines — only 8.6% said they’d vote for Hillary.
64% of troops believe that Trump has a “poor temperament” and “too volatile” a personality for the job. Top military officials have responded to questions by members of Congress about Trump’s apparent support for the use of torture. Critics say Trump’s national security policy relies on an “unrealistic border wall.”
During campaigning, for the most part, the national security focus has been on how to deal with ISIS and it doesn’t seem like either one of the candidates is hitting a home run with their messages.
When it comes down to the troops and their families, some experts believe Trump does have a slight advantage.
“Trump talks like a first sergeant, blunt, and the troops like that,” said John Noonan, an Air Force veteran and national security advisor. Although, “He’s utterly clueless on national security strategy,” he added.
Noonan believes that votes by military personnel will prove important, especially in key swing states like Florida, Virginia and Colorado.
Overall, if the election were held tomorrow, 49.45 % of those surveyed said they’d vote for Trump, while 20.52% said Clinton.
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