President Barack Obama has struggled with sagging approval ratings over the last year, but the commander-in-chief’s numbers may have dropped further among active-duty troops.
Just 15% of active-duty servicemembers gave Obama a thumbs up in the annual Military Times survey and more than half — 55% — say they disapprove of Obama’s job as commander-in-chief. The President has struggled to gain the approval of troops throughout his time in office, but these numbers reflect a new low for Obama, who finished his first year in office with a 35% approval figure and only 4 in 10 disapproving, according to the Military Times survey. The Military Times survey is not scientific and relies on a voluntary response from the publication’s readers. President Obama’s approval rating in the general population is much higher, though still well below 50 percent. In the most recent CNN / ORC poll, he got the approval of 44% of Americans.
The Military Times survey also finds a lower approval rating than other polls of Americans connected with the military. A Washington Post / Kaiser Family Foundation poll of veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan found approval of the President was lower than the general population, but much higher than 15 percent.
32% of veteran respondents in that April survey said they approved of the job President Obama was doing.
For these reasons, the Military Times survey may be more useful to show to show trends. It has been asking the same questions of its readers for ten years.
Troop morale has slumped during the Obama administration, falling to 56% this year from 91% who were satisfied with their quality of life in 2009. More than half of American troops believe they are underpaid today.
It’s hard to get support of the military when you are destroying the nation and Constitution they proudly swore to protect.
For a long time I have wondered if the high suicide rate of the military was partly because they know obama isn’t on their side. Since obama got elected, there is less money for he military, but always enough for more welfare recipients. Since congress controls the spending, both parties have to agree to give the military less, and welfare more. This tells me that neither party is on the side of the military any more. It is definitely time to get rid of ALL politicians and start over.
Let’s not forget that obama still wants his national civilian security force that is as strong as, and as well funded as the military. The less military personnel, the less civilian security people will be needed.
Well, obviously, all but 15% of the military is racist.
The sample is both tiny and non-random. Non-scientific, indeed. It reveals nothing whatsoever concerning what “the troops” might think, as a whole.
@Greg: Yeah, what do those in the military know about how they feel about their Commander in Chief?
@Greg: Kind of like the 97% scientific consensus that support AGW! That is not scientific either!