Poll: ‘Decisive’ Majority of Veterans Back Trump


Despite a constant media and partisan barrage to disparage the President in the eyes of veterans, their support for the Commander in Chief appears to remain fairly solid. The Military Times in partnership with the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) at Syracuse University conducted a poll of verified veterans between Oct. 1 and Oct. 13.

The results? A ‘decisive’ majority (52 percent versus 42 percent) support the re-election of President Donald Trump.

Military Times noted that, “Like past polls of active-duty personnel, the results of the veterans poll represent a segment of the community that spent more time in the military than the average service member and generally was more focused on the military as a career than other peers.”

Some poll highlights:

Veterans age 55 and older supported Trump far more than younger veterans who favored Joe Biden. There was also a disparity among women and minority veterans who leaned toward Biden.

Veterans older than 55 also listed immigration and Supreme Court appointments among their top picks, while younger veterans highlighted health care and racial inequality issues. Veterans under 35 listed economic inequality as their fourth-most important topic.

Interestingly, a significant majority of Biden supporters were unhappy he was the nominee. A simple majority of trump supporters felt the same about him. As the Times states:

Nearly 59 percent of poll respondents said they were dissatisfied with Biden as the Democratic nominee, with veterans under age 35 the most upset (65 percent), despite their preference for Biden over Trump in the election. Conversely, 51 percent of respondents said they were dissatisfied with Trump as the Republican nominee, with only veterans older than 55 giving him a majority of positive views (54 percent).

The poll also showed strong dissatisfaction with the dearth of coverage of military and veterans’ policy have gotten so far on the campaign trail. The Military Times noted that:

Almost 77 percent said that national security has received too little focus so far this election season; 73 percent said the same for military quality of life issues; 72 percent said the same for veterans issues.

However, notes the Times, “poll respondents gave Trump higher marks than Biden on understanding the needs of the military and understanding the needs of veterans, with about a third of respondents saying they would rate Trump’s grasp on the topic as excellent.”

Meanwhile, “Biden scored higher marks than Trump in ‘respect for troops and veterans’ and honesty.”

While no voting group is totally monolithic, this current poll seems to show that a strong “decisive” majority of veterans already have or will be voting to reelect President Trump in 2020.


Paul Crespo

Paul Crespo is the Managing Editor of American Defense News. A defense and national security expert, he served as a Marine Corps officer and as a military attaché with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at US embassies worldwide. Paul holds degrees from Georgetown, London, and Cambridge Universities. He is also CEO of SPECTRE Global Risk, a security advisory firm, and President of the Center for American Defense Studies, a national security think tank.

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Mike W
Mike W
1 month ago

Think of it this way. YOU have RIGHTS!! The very people who protect those rights are the military and the police. They support law and order and Trump. The Democrats want to take your rights away and give them to ILLEGALS. The Screecher of the House has continually put ILLEGALS over American citizens for the past 4 years. President Trump withholds money and places sanctions on the countries that hate us. Drunken Nancy Pelosi and her cult withhold money and place sanctions on American Citizens.

Don Baker
1 month ago

Not only were Democrat presidents Carter, Clinton and Obama anti military, they were also anti American. Clinton even committed treason by allowing improved ICBM technology to to to Red China in exchange for illegal campaign contributions.

Richard Hennessy
Richard Hennessy
1 month ago

This is no surprise. Those who have actually defended our system of government know what the stakes are, and aren’t willing to let leftists like Biden destroy our government, our economy and our culture.

Jim Pierce
Jim Pierce
1 month ago

All this talk about social security disappearing and Veteran’s benefits running out yet the left wants to give coverage to the entire world population except for AMERICANS.@#*@!

ILIVETHERE
ILIVETHERE
1 month ago

“Biden scored higher marks than Trump in ‘respect for troops and veterans’ and honesty.

In the case of the “respect for troops,” this is entirely a creation of the Media hammering, again and again, on the unverified, completely denied by all involved, idea that Trump disparages military service in private. In the case of “honesty, it is true that Trump consistently exaggerates everything that makes him look good. He is a bit of a doofus in that area, and while much of it is puffery rather than lies, he opens himself up for that criticism.

tractor man
tractor man
1 month ago

The 42% that support Biden has me concerned.

Wayne Capurro
Wayne Capurro
1 month ago
Reply to  tractor man

Me too. 42% is way too many. This is how you get diplomats like Lt. Vindman, Eric Ciaramella, Gen. H. R. McMaster, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, Gen. Wesley Clark, etc. These are not Patriots….. they are advocates for a Great Big Corrupt Marxist Style Government.

Joey Baloney
Joey Baloney
1 month ago

How can anyone who is a veteran vote democrat, given that party’s anti-military stance? I don’t get it.

Parkieone
Parkieone
1 month ago

Anyone in their right mind would NEVER vote for the Dumborats.


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