Poll: Military voters prefer Trump over Clinton

Poll: Military voters prefer Trump over Clinton
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A new poll shows that members of the U.S. military overwhelmingly support presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpDems flip Wisconsin state Senate seat Sessions: 'We should be like Canada' in how we take in immigrants GOP rep: 'Sheet metal and garbage' everywhere in Haiti MORE over Democratic front-runner Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonIntel Dem decries White House 'gag order' after Bannon testimony 'Total free-for-all' as Bannon clashes with Intel members Mellman: On Political Authenticity (Part 2) MORE

The Morning Consult poll shows that 51 percent of members of the military surveyed would vote for Trump, compared to 36 percent for Clinton. 

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Democratic candidate Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersMellman: On Political Authenticity (Part 2) Former Sanders campaign manager: Don't expect email list to be shared with DNC Adult film star: Trump and Stormy Daniels invited me to 'hang out' MORE fared only slightly better against Trump than Clinton among military voters.  Of those serving in the military, 52 percent would vote for Trump compared to 39 percent for Sanders.  

Trump's favorability rating among members of the military and in military households is 50 percent — higher than the national average of 41 percent, according to the poll. 

The poll also showed that among those who viewed him favorably, he rated the highest among those who listed "security" as their top issue. The next highest was among those who listed "economy" as their No. 1 concern. 

The poll comes as Trump's commitment to veterans has been questioned. Recent reports revealed that although the billionaire claimed he raised $6 million for veterans at a Jan. 28 fundraiser, he raised about $4.5 million. Until recently, he had also not fulfilled a pledge to donate $1 million of his own money.

A Washington Post report that first disclosed the discrepancies was published on May 20, just four days before the polling concluded. The reports did, however, prompt a protest on Monday organized by veterans in front of Trump Tower in New York City. 

The poll surveyed 1,668 registered voters between May 13 through 24, and has a margin of error of 2 percent.  

The full study can be found here