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Pew: Trump's Leadership Polls Higher With Vets Than Public

President Donald Trump addresses the U.S. troops in Iraq before an american flag
President Donald Trump addresses the U.S. troops in Iraq. (Andrew Harnik/AP)

By    |   Wednesday, 10 July 2019 04:03 PM

President Donald Trump has stronger support from veterans than from the public on his leadership of the military, a new poll showed Wednesday,

According to a Pew Research Center survey, 57% approve of the way Trump is handling his duties as commander in chief, while 48% say his administration's policies have made the military stronger.

Just 41% of the general public approve of his work as commander in chief, the survey found.

However, 45% of vets say Trump does not listen enough to military leaders in making national security decisions, and a similar share say they have little trust in him to make the right decisions about the use of military force.

Veterans who identify as Republican or Republican-leaning have a much more positive view of Trump's leadership of the military than their Democratic counterparts, and are more likely to favor Trump-supported policies, the survey found.

The Pew researchers also found 64% of vets say the war in Iraq was not worth fighting considering the costs versus the benefits to the United States; 33% say it was. 

Similarly, 58% of vets say the Iraq war was not worth it, compared with 32% who say it was.

The general public's views are nearly identical: 62% of Americans overall say the Iraq war was not worth it, while 32% say it was; 59% of the public says the war in Afghanistan was not worth fighting, less than 40% say it was.

Views on U.S. military engagement in Syria are also more negative than positive. Among veterans, 42% say the campaign in Syria has been worth it, while 55% say it has not. The public views mirror those as well: 36% say U.S. efforts in Syria have been worthwhile, 58% say they have not.

The survey's margin of error for the the veteran respondents is plus or minus 3.9 percentage points; for the general population sample, the margin of error is plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.

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