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.
……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).
Military personnel–Active, Reserve, and Retired–know that the Republicans respect and appreciate us, whereas the Democrats do not.
They have a history of some of the most visceral hatred for this country and those who are sworn to protect it.
Dick Durbin stood on the floor of the Senate and called us “Nazis”. John Murtha calls us “murderers”. Harry Reid declared that we “lost the war” in Iraq. Patty Murray claimed “bin Laden builds day-care facilities…we haven’t done that”. Bubba Clinton loathed us except when he wagged-the-dog in the Balkans. John (Winter Soldier) Kerry accused us of “going into the homes of Iraqis in the dead of night, terrorizing kids and children”, and letting us know that: “You know, education, if you make the most of it, if you study hard and you do your homework, and you make an effort to be smart, uh, you, you can do well. If you don’t, you get stuck in Iraq.”
Obama’s input: The troops in Afghanistan “are just air raiding villages and killing civilians”
Since Vietnam, we’ve been subjected to pejorative scrutiny, epithets, and at best, viewed as a ‘necessary evil’.
Note to Democrats: The feeling is mutual.