Trump Active Duty’s Preference ► 2-to-1 margin
In a new survey of American military personnel, Donald Trump emerged as active-duty service members' preference to become the next U.S. president, topping Hillary Clinton by more than a 2-to-1 margin. However, in the latest Military Times election survey, more than one in five troops said they’d rather not vote in November if they have to choose between just those two candidates. But given only those choices, 21 percent of the service members surveyed said they would abstain from voting. More than 54 percent of the 951 troops Military Times surveyed said they would vote for Trump, the presumed Republican presidential nominee, over Clinton, the Democratic front-runner. Only about 25 percent said they would vote for Clinton in that matchup.
of a Clinton/Cruz contest, 25 percent said they would skip voting rather than back either candidate. In anecdotal comments connected to the survey, several survey respondents called the options for president frustrating and disappointing:
“Weakest field of my adult life.”
“Absolutely disgusted by this election cycle.”
“It’s a lose/lose situation no matter what.”
“They all suck.”
Dozens also noted plans to vote for a third-party candidate, citing their dissatisfaction with the major party choices. “The candidates left just don’t understand the military,” said Army Capt. Christian Pardo, who said he would not vote for any of the major party candidates left. “The military perspective on some of their policies are just so far out there.” Pardo said he wishes a candidate with military experience was still left in the race. He’ll be considering third-party candidates in the fall, “but if none appeal to me, I may just stay home.” Air Force 1st Lt. Tyler Livingston said he’ll probably do the same, especially if it’s a Trump/Clinton contest. “I really don’t understand how a better candidate didn’t jump into the race,” he said. “I was hoping we see something else.”
How the survey was conducted:
Between May 3 and May 6, Military Times conducted a voluntary, confidential survey of subscribers who include verified active-duty, National Guard and reserve component service members. More than 59,000 subscribers received e-mail invitations to participate. In total, 951 respondents completed the survey. The sample is not a perfect representation of the military as a whole; it over-represents officers and noncommissioned officers, and under- represents junior enlisted personnel. However, it is representative of the more senior and career-oriented members of the force who run the military's day-to-day operations and carry out its policies. The voluntary nature of this survey, the dependence on email and the characteristics of Military Times readers may affect the results. Statistical margins of error commonly reported in opinion polls that use random sampling can't be calculated for this survey.
[Source: Military Times | Leo Shane & George R. Altman | May 9, 2016 ++]