No wonder some political opposition was making it harder for U.S. troops to vote next month. A new poll by the Military Times finds members of the American military going overwhelmingly for Republican Mitt Romney two-to-one over their current Democrat commander-in-chief.
According to the widely-read newspaper, the professional core of the U.S. military strongly supports Romney based on two top criteria: character and the economy.
Even for a hardened Chicago machine pol, the results have to sting, given the number of photo ops and other efforts invested in wooing the troops by Obama, his wife, vice president and his wife. When the last troops returned from Iraq, Obama even had Michelle give them a speech in addition to his.
A key element of Obama’s standard fundraiser speeches involves noting how he ended the war in Iraq, although the schedule was set by the previous administration, and how he’s exiting Afghanistan according to his publicly announced schedule.
Results of the newspaper’s survey are based on answers from 3,100 military who participated as readers in a secure online poll by the Military Times.
- If the election was held today, which candidate would they vote for? Romney 66%, Obama 26%.
- Which candidate has your best interests at heart? Romney 55%, Obama 24%. (Four percent said both and 16% said neither.)
- Which candidate do you believe is sincere about his stated policy positions? Romney 49%, Obama 24%.
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