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Poll: Trump Approval in Military Lowest Since 2016

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President Donald Trump with Army cadets at the Army-Navy football game on Dec. 14. (Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

By    |   Thursday, 19 December 2019 01:27 PM

President Donald Trump has the lowest approval rating among active-duty military personnel since winning the 2016 election, a new Military Times survey shows, fueled by his handling of key defense issues over the past year.

Trump's approval rating was 42%, versus 50% unfavorable, in the survey released Wednesday.

He had a 46% positive rating after his November 2016 election, compared with a 37% negative rating.

Last year, President Trump's approval rating was 44% and 43% disapproval.

But President Trump's approval rate in the latest Military Times survey was higher than President Barack Obama's when he left office in January 2017: 36% favorable to 52% unfavorable.

The Military Times surveyed 1,630 active-duty subscribers between Oct. 23 and Dec. 2 with the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University for its latest survey. The poll has a margin of error of 2 percentage points.

Since the 2018 survey, President Trump fired Defense Secretary James Mattis, a retired Marine Corps general; ordered a sudden withdrawal of U.S. forces from Syria that brought strong bipartisan criticism; granted clemency to three servicemen accused of war crimes, over the objections of key Pentagon leaders; and faced an impeachment investigation over allegedly delaying military aid to Ukraine.

"Over time, as the president has been involved with more controversial things connected to the military — whether it's the border wall or the pardons or the way that Secretary Mattis left — that has changed the view of him," retired Marine Col. Dave Lapan told the Military Times.

He served as a Defense Department spokesman for the Trump and Obama administrations.

"And they've seen more indications that he hasn't been a great commander-in-chief," Lapan said. "So, they're moving closer to where the rest of the public is."

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President Donald Trump has the lowest approval rating among active-duty military personnel since winning the 2016 election, a new Military Times survey shows.
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