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Active military and veterans hold less favorable view of Obama’s performance as president

Approval for Barack Obama’s job performance as president is lower among veterans and active US military than it is among non-military, according to a poll released Monday by Gallup.

The results, which came from data from Gallup’s daily tracking poll of Obama’s job approval, are based on interviews with over 238,000 respondents between January 2010 and April 2011.

On average, 48 percent of non-military personnel surveyed over that time period approved of the job Obama was doing, while just 37 percent of active military or veterans approved.

That trend persists among all age groups, the analysis found. The spread is most pronounced among 18 to 29 year olds, a group that tends to have a highly favorable view of this president’s performance. 58 percent of non-military in that age group approves of the job Obama is doing, but just 44 percent of veterans or active military felt that way.

The lowest spread is among those aged 80 to 99, where 43 percent of the general public approves of the job Obama is doing, compared to 37 percent of veterans or active military personnel – presumably mostly veterans in that age group.

Gallup notes that those currently serving active duty in the military have a noticeably higher likelihood of declining to state an opinion on Obama’s job performance. For instance, 21 percent of active duty military aged 18 to 29 did not express an opinion, compared to just 10 percent of non-military. A possible factor in this, Gallup Editor in Chief Frank Newport writes, is the military culture of nonpartisanship, especially when dealing with the Commander in Chief. Alternatively, “[t]hose on active duty may in general be less involved in current affairs and thus less likely to hold an opinion on Obama.”

Women are more likely to approve of Obama’s performance. However, in any given age group surveyed by Gallup, no more than 3 percent of military personnel or veterans were women. Older age groups are more likely to be active or former military – a fact that seems likely due to the existence of the draft before 1973.

Current or former members of the military are more likely to be Republicans, the poll notes.

The results come from analysis of polls conducted before President Obama ordered the successful killing of Osama Bin Laden. The president received a bump in his approval ratings from the general public after that, and it seems likely that the same would be true – potentially more so – among veterans or active military.

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  • bigdave

    WHEN YOU PUT YOUR LIFE ON THE LINE FOR YOUR COUNTRY, ESPECIALLY THOSE WHO WERE IN ACTUAL COMBAT, LIKE ME, WE BEGIN TO REALLY PAY ATTENTION TO EVERYTHING GOING ON AND COMPARE IT TO WHAT WE KNOW IS TRUE AND CORRECT SO IT CAN BE PASSED ON TO OUR CHILDREN…AS IT IS!! AND WHEN WE SAY “FOR OUR COUNTRY”, IT MEANS FOR OUR PEOPLE, ALL OF THEM, NOT SOME OF THEM, FOR OUR AMERICAN CULTURE, WHICH THE LEFT DOES NOT WANT YOU TO BELIEVE YOU HAVE BUT EVERYOTHER COUNTRY CAN HAVE AND RETAIN THEIR CULTURE, EVEN HERE(SEE HOW SCREWY THE LEFT IS? SORRY THE FACTS ARE THE FACTS!). WITH THE “PROGRESSIVES”, REALLY A SILLY NAME TO COVER UP FOR THE REAL COMMUNIST PARTY, WHOSE MOTIVATIONS ARE ANYTHING BUT “NEW”, AND ALWAYS LEAD TO THE SAME DESTINATION…MISERY FOR ALL! THANKS TO OBAMA/CLINTO WHICH GIVES US COMMUNIST/SOCIALIST POLICIES, AND THE DEMORATS SO LONG IN CHARGE OF ALL OF GOVERNMENT…WE HAVE ARRIVED AT THEIR DESTINATION…MISERY FOR ALL! AND YOU WONDER WHY WE ARE AGAINST OBAMA? WE HATE HIS WHITE COMMUNIST HALF!! WE DESPISE HIS COMMUNIST/UNION PUSHING POLICIES WITH EVERY FIBER OF OUR BEING!! WE REFUSE TO BE ENSLAVED! NO SLAVERY NOW? JUST REFUSE TO PAY THOSE UNION DUES AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS!!! DISOBEY YOUR UNION BOSS AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS!! DEMAND A RAISE IN YOUR UNION, CAUSE YOU WORK HARDER THAN THE OTHER GUYS, AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS….SLAVES!!!!

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  • notalone

    How can anybody have any respect for this clown better yet how could anyone even vote for the sorry sob in the first place?

  • 8second.ride

    Gee, I wonder why the troops might look unfavorably on this guy:

    http://www.whitehousedossier.com/2011/05/30/obama-golfing-memorial-day/

    The business of memorializing our war dead done, President Obama headed out to the Fort Belvoir golf course today, finding his way onto the links for the ninth weekend in a row.

    Obama earlier today laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and met with families of those killed in battle. But he emerged from the day’s solemnity to go golfing for the 12th time this year and the 70th time of his presidency.

    The decision to golf on Memorial Day invites comparison with President George W. Bush, who gave up the game early in his presidency and said he did it out of respect for the families of those killed in Iraq.

    • 8second.ride

      Nine weekends in a row. In those nine weeks, how many disasters have we been through? How many troops were killed?

      What a putz!

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  • Velma

    Let’s be honest here. The headline is misleading as the polling was done BEFORE May 1 when Osama Bin Laden was killed. I dare say the results would be more in Obama’s favor had the polling been done after the fact.

    • thephranc

      Why? I’d hazard to say they would be the same since the men and women serving know Obama had squat to do with the killing and all credit goes to the SEAL team members.

      • 8second.ride

        True. If anything, it will swing the other way. Troops don’t cater to politicians taking credit for what they risk their lives for.

        I remember one conversation I overheard at LRMC a few years back. Some politician *cough*kerry*cough on the TV bragging about “my sixth visit to Iraq” was received by the troops with a rousing rendition of “F*ck you, buddy! Stick around for for 12 months, then we’ll talk.” The military know what their job is. They believe in their duty and they are loyal to their Commander-in-chief. That loyalty ends, albeit expressed privately, where somebody else’s bullcrap begins.

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