Gallup: Obama Approval Ranks Lower With Military

Tuesday, 31 May 2011 02:22 PM

By Martin Gould

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Barack Obama’s message is playing poorly with the military, a new Gallup poll shows. The president’s approval ratings are consistently around 10 percent lower among veterans and serving personnel than they are among people who never have been in uniform.

Gallup, Obama, approval, lower, MilitaryAlthough 48 percent of what Gallup called “nonveterans” give Obama a thumbs-up on his overall performance, that figure falls to 37 percent among military types. In both groups, the younger one is, the more likely they are to approve of Obama.

The biggest difference is in the youngest age group. Military voters ages 18-29 give Obama a 44 percent approval rating, a full 14 points below the rating for non-veterans. Even so, that figure is higher than in any other age group of servicemen or veterans.

The lowest figures are both in the 70-79 age group, where 42 percent of nonveterans and 33 percent of the military and veterans support him.

The report points out that the older veterans are more likely to have been caught up in the draft instead of being volunteers. “For younger, post-draft-era veterans, individuals with certain regional, demographic, or psychographic backgrounds may be more likely to be Republican and more likely to join the military.

“For older veterans, their service in the military may have led them to a more Republican viewpoint on politics, either during their service or in later years.”

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