Poll: Most troops had unfavorable view of Obama
(Washington Examiner/Feldscher) More than half of the nation’s troops have an unfavorable opinion of President Obama‘s time in office, though they’re conflicted about his specific policies, according to a new poll.
A Military Times/Institute for Veterans and Military Families Poll showed 51.5 percent of military members polled had either a very unfavorable or somewhat unfavorable view of Obama’s time in office. About 36 percent saw his time in office was either very favorable or somewhat favorable.
The biggest criticism of Obama’s time in office was that he decreased the size of the military while in office, as 71 percent of those polled said the military needs more personnel.
However, 69 percent agreed with his strategy of strengthening U.S. security through building foreign alliances, 60 percent agreed with his use of drones to minimize danger to troops, and 64 percent agreed with his strategy of using special forces for targeted strikes.
Enlisted personnel were the most likely to have an unfavorable view of Obama, as 52.1 percent said they didn’t approve of his time in office. The officer class was more evenly split, as 48 percent of officers had an unfavorable view of Obama and about 44 percent have a favorable view.
Members of the Marine Corps had the least favorable view of Obama, as 60 percent of those polled had an unfavorable view of his time in office. The Navy had the best view of Obama, but even then, just 43.4 percent of those polled had a positive view of his time in office.
According to the poll, 59 percent of troops believed drawing down troop levels in Iraq made the country less safe, 54 percent believed decreasing military operations in Afghanistan made the U.S. less safe, and 42 percent believe less emphasis on large-scale overseas missions make the country less safe.
Relying more on special forces and emphasizing training missions make the country more safe, according to the poll.
The poll was conducted between Dec. 16 and Dec. 21 among 1,664 members of the military and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percent.