Trump losing support among US military for re-election: Poll

2020-09-01 19:02:46
Trump losing support among US military for re-election: Poll

Support for US President Donald Trump has dropped significantly among members of the US military during the last year, with almost half of American troops holding an unfavorable view of the commander in chief, according to a new poll released Monday.

Just 37.4 percent of active personnel in the US military support President Donald Trump's re-election, while 43.1 percent back his Democratic opponent Joe Biden, according to the poll by the Military Times and the Syracuse University Institute for Veterans and Military Families.

Another 13 percent said they plan to vote for a third-party candidate, and nearly 9 percent said they plan on skipping the election altogether.

The survey found that half of military personnel have an unfavorable view of Trump, and 42 percent strongly disapprove of him, compared to 38 percent with a favorable view of the Republican leader.

Support for Trump fell from the previous poll in December 2019, when he had a 42 percent favorable rating.

Trump has boasted of strong support among the military and has touted his increase in funding for the Pentagon's budget.

But that record is clouded by frequent disputes with the Pentagon's leadership, including former defense secretary Jim Mattis, who resigned in December 2018, and policy conflicts with the current secretary, Mark Esper, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley.

Trump has faced staunch criticism and concern from military officials over his use of active duty troops or uniformed National Guard soldiers to respond to the recent protests against racial injustice and police brutality in US cities.

Trump has frequently blamed generals and other senior officers for military failures, including the botched Navy SEAL raid in Yemen weeks after Inauguration Day, and for an ambush in Niger that led to the deaths of four U.S. Army soldiers.

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