The American military would prefer serving under the authority of a President Donald Trump or a President Bernie Sanders according to the recently posted results in an exclusively active-duty service members’ survey of 2016 Presidential candidates.
“The Republican front runner Trump was the most popular candidate in a subscriber poll that closed Monday morning, with 27 percent saying they would back the business mogul if the election were held tomorrow,” according to the story over at the MilitaryTimes. “Sanders, the independent Vermont senator, was a close second at 22 percent, besting Trump among Navy and Air Force respondents.”
Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force:
The service-by-service breakdown, according to the information by in the story by writers Leo Shane III and George R. Altman, shows 30.95 percent of Army voters chose Trump, 17.26 percent chose Sanders, and Ted Cruz received 16.07 percent. Hillary Clinton received 12.05 percent of the Army vote.
Of the current Navy voters, Sanders did better than Trump. The Vermont Senator got 29.25 percent to Trump’s 23.58 percent. Cruz garnered 13.21 percent while Clinton received 12.74 percent.
Marines like Trump far more than Sanders, Cruz or Clinton according to the results. Trump got 30.70 percent, Sanders tied with Cruz and both received 15.79 percent of the vote, while Clinton got just 7.02 percent.
Air Force voters preferred Sanders over Trump. The result was Sanders at 24.71 percent to Trump at 22.35 percent. Cruz received 21.18 percent and Clinton was far behind at 9.80 percent of the vote.
The survey took place between March 9 and March 14, according to Shane and Altman. “Military Times conducted a voluntary, confidential survey of subscribers who include verified active-duty, National Guard and reserve component service members. More than 59,000 subscribers received e-mail invitations to participate. In total, 931 respondents completed the survey,” per the information reported.
“The sample is not a perfect representation of the military as a whole; it over-represents Army personnel, officers and noncommissioned officers, and under-represents junior enlisted personnel. However, it is representative of the more senior and career-oriented members of the force who run the military’s day-to-day operations and carry out its policies,” it is also stated in the article.
“About half of the respondents in the survey were enlisted soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines, in the pay grades of E-4 through E-7,” the authors state. “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.”
Worth noting is another interesting bit of information: “Almost a third of those surveyed do not affiliate with either the Republican or Democratic parties. Sanders was more popular than Trump among that group, but one in seven of those individuals indicated they plan on backing a third-party candidate.”
Marina Fang also did a story over at HuffPo on the survey results. Of the story Fang writes that “[t]he survey, while not scientific, is interesting because Trump and Sanders have been critical of wars. On the campaign trail, Sanders often touts his early opposition to the war in Iraq and advocates for decreased military spending. Trump also has criticized the Iraq war, accusing former President George W. Bush of lying and slamming war hawks like his former presidential opponent, Sen. Lindsey Graham….”