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 TrumpDemocrats claim victory as Trump gets battered in court Juan Williams: Anti-abortion extremism is on the rise Trump feels squeeze in tax return fight MORE over Democratic front-runner Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTester will endorse a 2020 candidate 'in the next week' Democratic candidates should counter Trump's foreign policy 2020 Democrats jockey over surging college costs 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 SandersBernie SandersMillions of taxpayer dollars fueled Bernie Sanders to wealth success Robert Smith's gift to Morehouse graduates and its meaning for education, especially black colleges Democratic candidates should counter Trump's foreign policy 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