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New Survey Shows Troops Overwhelmingly Want Trump, Not Clinton

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A new survey of U.S. servicemembers conducted by Military Times has found troops overwhelmingly prefer Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump over Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

A total of 54 percent of troops surveyed said they would vote for Trump, the presumptive GOP nominee, while just 25 percent said they would vote for Clinton. However, in that particular poll, 21 percent of respondents said they were not planning to vote at all.

In a matchup between Trump and Sen. Bernie Sanders, the survey found Trump won out at 51 percent, with Sanders trailing behind at 38 percent, scoring much higher than former secretary of state Clinton. Given that pairing, only 11 percent said they would not vote.

Clearly, criticism from the GOP foreign policy establishment pointing out Trump’s inexperience in the field has done little to dissuade active-duty servicemembers from throwing their support behind the real estate tycoon.

When divided by party affiliation, partisanship becomes clearer. Democrats, at 72 percent to 8 percent, prefer Hillary. Republicans, on the other hand, chose Trump at 82 percent to 6 percent. Interestingly, independents opted for Trump at 40 percent to 32 percent.

Officers were more likely to support Clinton, yet Trump still won out at 46 percent to 32 percent. Among enlisted servicemembers, Trump easily won at 58 percent to 21 percent.

Military Times conducted the informal, unscientific survey from May 3-6. The sample size consisted of 951 active-duty troops. Broken down further, the total is comprised of 66 percent enlisted and 34 percent from the officer corps.

The survey here follows the results of a Military Times survey conducted back in March, which found Trump was the preferred presidential candidate out of six options.

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