GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump and Democratic contender Sen. Bernie Sanders are the U.S. troops' top choices to become the next commander in chief, a new survey shows.
The unscientific survey was released Tuesday by Military Times — based on the responses from 931 active-duty troops, reservists and members of the National Guard — shows the outsider candidates' messages are resonating with the men and women in uniform.
Here's the breakdown:
- Trump: 26.9 percent
- Sanders: 21.91 percent
- Texas Sen. Ted Cruz: 16.7 percent
- Hillary Clinton: 11.17 percent
- Florida Sen. Marco Rubio: 9.33 percent
- Ohio Gov. John Kasich: 7.7 percent
Preferences by service break down like this:
- Army: Trump, 30.95 percent; Sanders, 17.26 percent
- Navy: Sanders, 29.25 percent; Trump, 23.58 percent
- Marines: Trump, 30.7 percent; Sanders and Cruz tied with 15.79 percent
- Air Force: Sanders, 24.71 percent; Trump, 22.35 percent
Military Times reports nearly half of the service members surveyed said they were unhappy with the discussion of national security issues in the presidential race so far. Fewer than 5 percent were "very satisfied" with how the topic has been broached.
About half of the survey-takers were enlisted service members, Military Times reports.
Among officers, Trump still led the field, but by a much smaller margin, with his 21 percent slightly outpacing Cruz at 18 percent, Sanders at 16 percent and Clinton at 15 percent.
The former head of U.S. Central Command, Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis, received one write-in vote, Military Times reports. Mattis, who retired in 2013, is revered among many rank-and-file troops for his unapologetic frankness.
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