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U.S. Troops Support McCain 3-1

Discussion in 'Political Zone' started by irvin88, Oct 21, 2008.

  1. irvin88

    irvin88 Active Member

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    A Military Times poll indicates landslide support for John McCain, who captures 68 percent of the military vote to Barack Obama's 23 percent.

    A poll by the Military Times newspaper group suggests that there is overwhelming support for John McCain among U.S. troops in every branch of the armed forces by a nearly 3-1 margin.

    According to the poll, 68 percent of active-duty and retired servicemen and women support McCain, while 23 percent support Barack Obama. The numbers are nearly identical among officers and enlisted troops.


    The Military Times, which publishes the Army Times, Navy Times, Marine Corps Times and Air Force Times, polled 80,000 subscribers from Sept 22 to Sept. 29. The non-scientific survey gathered 4,300 respondents -- all of them registered and eligible to vote.

    A racial divide was immediately evident among the respondents. Nearly eight in 10 black servicemembers chose Obama, while McCain captured 76 percent of white voters and 63 percent of Hispanic voters.


    Numbers among men and women respondents were also visibly different. Men overwhelmingly said they would vote for McCain, 70 percent to 22 percent. But among women the margin was much closer: 53 percent support McCain, while 36 percent support Obama.

    U.S. troops also said in the poll that they prefer McCain to handle the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan -- 74 percent said McCain would perform better, while just 19 percent said Obama would.

    Four years ago the Iraq War was the single most important issue on which the military voted. But the war now ranks third in importance to these voters. The most important issue among the respondents was character (42 percent), followed by the economy (25 percent) and the Iraq War (16 percent).

    There was a racial divide on these issues, as well. Black servicemembers said the economy was the No. 1 issue that affected their vote, and white troops said character was paramount.

    The Military Times offered certain caveats for its poll, which was open only to its 80,000 subscribers. Responses were entirely voluntary and were not focused on a representative sample of the public, as scientific polls are. The troops polled were also somewhat older than average enlisted servicemembers and included more officers than is representative of the military as a whole.

    Yet judging by the numbers, it appears that the Democratic party has not made many inroads into the traditionally Republican military.

    Click here for more on this story from the Military Times.

    FOX News' Jennifer Griffin contributed to this report.
  2. cowboys#1

    cowboys#1 Finish!

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  3. burmafrd

    burmafrd Well-Known Member

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    Nothing new here. The Military has always been conservative and will pretty much always support a former service member running vs one who has not served. The Black part is not surprising either- though I would wager that that is mostly the younger enlisted men supporting Obama.
  4. Cajuncowboy

    Cajuncowboy Preacher From The Black Lagoon

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    The service people know who will take care of them and who will throw them under the bus. That's why they support McCain in this way.

    Other than the color of his skin, I do not understand the reasoning behind black service people supporting him. Can be the only reason why there is such a difference.
  5. silverbear

    silverbear Semi-Official Loose Cannon

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    For this, I'll break my self-imposed exile, to inject a few facts...

    The Military Times is a periodical that is subscribed to mainly by officers, and military retirees... as such, it is NOT a definitive source regarding military attitudes when it comes to the polls it conducts...

    http://race42008.com/2008/10/05/poll-watch-military-times-2008-election/

    Note that the website in question is actually a CONSERVATIVE website, not a liberal one... just check out the bios they have featured there--

    * Alan Keyes
    * Bill Frist
    * Chuck Hagel
    * Condoleezza Rice
    * Duncan Hunter
    * George Allen
    * George Pataki
    * John McCain
    * Mike Huckabee
    * Mitt Romney
    * Newt Gingrich
    * Rudy Giuliani
    * Sam Brownback
    * Tom Tancredo
    * Tommy Thompson

    Then, consider this little snippet:

    http://www.thelangreport.com/political-commentary/deployed-troops-donate-to-obama-6-1-over-mccain/

    McCain, Thompson, Huckabee and Romney COMBINED only received about half of what the soldiers in the field have donated to Obama...

    BTW, the "nonpartisan group" referred to is the Center For Responsive Politics... anybody who cares to investigate the bonafides of this group as "nonpartisan" can easily research them, I'd suggest starting with Wikipedia, and following some of the links they provide...

    It would seem that the attempt to portray the military as overwhelmingly backing McCain is just more right wing propaganda...

    OK, back to lurk mode... :D
  6. Hypnotoad

    Hypnotoad Active Member

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    That's very interesting polling data given that most veterans groups grade Obama higher than McCain on their senate votes.
  7. burmafrd

    burmafrd Well-Known Member

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    Those groups sadly are just like any other political group- they usually lose sight of what their members want.
  8. Hypnotoad

    Hypnotoad Active Member

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    They don't agree with me therefore I will discredit everything they say? Some of it is very helpful, especially that they are non-partisan.

    Senator John McCain received a D, while Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. Joe Biden both received a B.

    Whats facts like this from groups like IAVA (who don't formally support politicians) matter though....
  9. Beast_from_East

    Beast_from_East Well-Known Member

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    Dam Silverbear, you just gave these Republicans a serious beat down with your spread!!!!

    Show some mercy Bear, please!!!!
  10. Beast_from_East

    Beast_from_East Well-Known Member

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    Thats all I needed to know right there!!!!

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