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October 23, 2008

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Military Prefers McCain

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.

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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.

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Perhaps this is the only poll we should be paying attention to!

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Blogger DD2 aka Debonair Dude said...

Great points in this blog Marie. We need to stay on course and not let the MSM demoralize us and convince us that we have already lost, because we haven’t.. . I understand that we are mostly behind by anywhere between 5-7 points, but it’s still not over and it won’t be until the polls are closed on Nov. 4th. . Reasonable and intelligent people know who Obama really is and they truly fear him as President. So we have to hang in there and be strong, and keep up the fight. This is too important

October 25, 2008 8:57 AM  
Blogger Gayle said...

Good for you, Marie. Yes, I knew the majority of the military would go with McCain, as for the rest of the polls - PPPFFFFFT! I ignore them. :)

October 25, 2008 10:08 AM  
Blogger Gayle said...

I meant to add that I don't think the polls are fair and I doubt they've ever been completely fair. I believe they are meant to discourage conservatives from bothering to vote. That may sound paranoid to some, but as the old saying goes, just because you're paranoid doesn't mean no one is after you.

October 25, 2008 10:09 AM  
Blogger Marie's Two Cents said...


You know, I never bet on the polls being right that's why I never let them get me down.

I mean last time 4 years ago they had Kerry leading in all the polls and even the exit polls LOL

Well, we all see how that turned out. :-)


Me too!

Then again Gayle, we could look at this another way, maybe the Obama supporters will think "He's got it all sewn up" and THEY wont show up at the polls LOL.

October 25, 2008 3:41 PM  

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