Survey: Troops prefer Trump to Clinton

Survey: Troops prefer Trump to Clinton
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Active-duty service members prefer Donald TrumpDonald TrumpGOP grapples with chaotic Senate primary in Pennsylvania ​​Trump social media startup receives commitment of billion from unidentified 'diverse group' of investors Iran thinks it has the upper hand in Vienna — here's why it doesn't MORE over Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonRepublican Ohio Senate candidate slams JD Vance over previous Trump comments Budowsky: Why GOP donors flock to Manchin and Sinema Countering the ongoing Republican delusion MORE by 2-to-1, according to an informal survey released Monday by Military Times.

While unscientific, the results indicate strong support for presumptive Republican presidential nominee, who has come under fire from retired military leaders and prominent members of the foreign policy community for a lack of foreign policy experience and controversial proposals allowing the torture of terrorism suspects.

In the survey of 951 active-duty troops, reservists and National Guardsmen, 54 percent said they would vote for Trump in a match-up against Clinton, the Democratic front-runner. Twenty-five percent said they would vote for Clinton.


And 21 percent said they would not vote at all in that scenario.

Clinton's rival, Bernie SandersBernie SandersOvernight Health Care — Presented by March of Dimes — Abortion access for 65M women at stake Hospitals in underserved communities face huge cuts in reckless 'Build Back Better' plan Sanders urges Biden to delay Medicare premium hike linked to Alzheimer's drug MORE, fares somewhat better against Trump. In that match-up, 51 percent of respondents said they would vote for Trump, 38 percent said Sanders and 11 percent said they would not vote all.

Comments attached to the survey showed displeasure for the entire field, and several of the people polled said they planned to vote for a third-party candidate, according to Military Times.

“They all suck,” one respondent wrote.

About half of the respondents identified as Republican, and 18 percent said they were Democrats.

Clinton received 72 percent support from those who identified as Democrats, and Trump got 82 percent from those identifying as Republicans.

Independents favored Trump, with 40 percent of their support compared with 32 percent for Clinton.

Clinton got more support from female troops, though, at 51 percent to Trump’s 24 percent. But male troops favored Trump over Clinton, 57 percent backing him compared with 22 percent for Clinton.

Both officers and enlisted personnel backed Trump, too. For officers, 46 percent said they’d vote for Trump and 32 percent for Clinton. Enlisted personnel showed stronger support for Trump, with 58 percent saying they’d vote for him and 21 percent for Clinton. 

The survey was conducted May 3–6 via email among Military Times subscribers.