Although a number of polls show President Donald Trump is currently holding an unfavorable view with the general public, he is receiving huge support from members of the military.
A new poll conducted of 1,100 servicemen and women in September shows the military hold their Commander in Chief in high regard.
Per the Daily Caller:
The poll, conducted by the Military Times in September, reveals that 44 percent of all 1,100 active-duty troops have a favorable view of Trump and only 40 percent have an unfavorable view. This flips the figures present in the civilian population, where Trump’s popularity hovers around 40 percent and his rating of unfavorability reaches as high as 56 percent.
Trump’s popularity jumps even higher among military-specific issues. Out of all troops, 55 percent rate Trump’s military policies as favorable, while only 26 disagree with that assessment.
The favorable discrepancy varied between enlisted members’ rank, gender, ethnicity and branch:
The same split seems to occur between men and women and whites and non-whites.
For example, 47 percent of military males have a favorable rating of Trump, compared to just 32 percent for women.
A total of 51 percent of non-white service members have an unfavorable rating of Trump, while only 37 percent of white service members do.
There are also differences across the services. The Marine Corps features a favorable rating of 59 percent, compared to 49 percent in the Navy.
The Military Times reports Trump’s hands-off approach may help score a positive rating, but legislative stalling could be hurting his score:
Military-related policies have been central to Trump’s first year in office.
His vows to boost military spending are popular, and his push to eliminate bureaucratic interference in battlefield decisions has received high marks from the troops. His pick for a secretary of defense, retired Marine Gen. Jim Mattis, has drawn widespread support.
However, he’s faced some pushback on his handling of the military. It remains unclear whether he can convince Congress to go along with a big budget increase for the Pentagon. The rollout of Trump’s Afghanistan strategy has faced criticism for being too vague. His push to reverse the Obama-era policy allowing transgender troops to serve openly has been controversial. And many troops question his handling of policy related to cyber warfare and Russia.
Military members of Trump’s administration were viewed very favorably with Gen. James Mattis being the most liked:
Secretary of Defense James Mattis received a much higher rate than Trump, with more than 84 percent of troops saying they held a favorable view of him. Retired Marine Corps Gen. John Kelly, who serves as the White House chief of staff, received a favorable rating of almost 59 percent. Only seven percent had an unfavorable view of Kelly, as Kelly is not nearly as well-known as either Trump or Mattis.
For more details on the poll, click here.
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