Poll: Military Voters Break 2-to-1 for Romney over Obama

Posted by Jason Van Steenwyk

Military voters break for RomneyRepublican presidential candidate Mitt Romney holds a commanding lead among uniformed servicemembers, according to a poll of active and reserve component members conducted by the editors of Military Times.

The poll found that two out of three uniformed military plan on voting for Mitt Romney. Only 26 percent are supporting the re-election of the president.

The respondents are overwhelmingly basing their vote on economics, rather than military-related concerns. Only 16 percent of them list national security concerns as the top reason for their vote either for Obama or Romney. Only 1 percent list the war in Afghanistan as their most important issue.

The President has actually gained slightly since 2008, when he received 23 percent of the vote in the same poll, running against Senator John McCain, the Republican from Arizona. And a 2004 poll by the same outfit found that 57 percent of military voters identified as Republican, compared to 13 percent as Democrats. Officers were more likely to identify with the GOP, by 66 percent to 9 percent Democrats.

The poll was not a randomized sampling, but instead a poll of subscribers to Military Times. The subscription base is 91 percent male and 80 percent white, with 35 percent of them holding ranks between O-3 and O-5.

While the poll’s oversampling of white, senior-ranking males can be expected to skew the result somewhat towards the Republican candidate, the findings broadly confirm a series of earlier surveys that found that Romney held an overwhelming advantage among veterans in many battleground states. Simply put if you are a veteran, you are markedly less likely to support Obama over Romney, whether you are still in the service or whether you have been discharged. It’s been a consistent pattern among military and veteran voters since Ronald Reagan.


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