Posted by Curt on 22 December, 2014 at 2:20 pm. 6 comments already!



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.

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