Poll: Veterans Not Happy With President or Obamacare

Saturday, 19 Apr 2014 06:02 PM

By Sandy Fitzgerald

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Most veterans and active-duty members of the military believe the United States is heading in the wrong direction, do not approve of how President Barack Obama is doing his job, and disagree with Obamacare, a new poll reveals.

The poll, conducted last month by Concerned Veterans for America, hows that about two-thirds of the 834 veterans and military members polled think the country is headed the wrong way, and another two-thirds disapprove of how Obama handles his job.

In addition, 63 percent disapprove of Obamacare, the results show, and  46 percent of the veterans surveyed believe Obamacare will eventually be worse than Department of Veteran Affairs healthcare programs.

“Our veterans are very concerned with the direction of the country and its healthcare system," said Concerned Veterans for America CEO Pete Hegseth. "They’ve seen how poorly the government handles healthcare with firsthand experience in the broken VA healthcare system—where wait times, lack of choice, and poor care abound. Our vets deserve better, and these numbers reinforce that fact."

In addition to expressing their opinions on the Obama administration, veterans responding to the poll, conducted from March 8-16, also showed a widespread awareness that there is a backlog of claims through the VA system.

Sixty-six percent of the respondents said they are aware there is a problem with the backlog, and 22 percent said they have experienced the issue personally. Of those experiencing the issue, 58 percent said they have such a claim.

Meanwhile, the veterans said, they believe the top issues facing Congress are dysfunction in Washington, at 23 percent, followed by government spending and debt at 19 percent, and the economy and jobs, at 17 percent.

But nearly all those surveyed, at 73 percent, agree with Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen’s belief that the national debt is the "greatest threat" to the nation's security.

The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

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