WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — A recent military poll finds that active and reserve troops overwhelmingly support Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney over President Barack Obama leading up to next month’s election.
The poll conducted by the Military Times showed that among the 3,100 people surveyed, 66 percent support Romney compared to 26 percent for Obama.
Surprisingly, most of the military members polled cited the economy for backing Romney and not national security.
“When I talk to my soldiers, it’s not social issues. It’s almost not even military issues. What it comes down to is pocketbook issues,” a 28-year old Army captain told the Military Times. “They currently see Mitt Romney as being stronger for their pocketbook.”
The Military Times poll found that most troops were critical of Obama’s handling of the defense budget and national security strategy. Fifty-seven percent of troops surveyed rated Obama’s handling of the Afghanistan war as fair to poor, with 62 percent saying the same about the defense budget.
“There is really an affinity for Republican candidates, even though [troops] say that what counts is character and handling the economy,” Richard Kohn, who teaches military history at the University of North Carolina, told the Military Times.
The Military Times conducted the poll through a secure email survey of military members subscribed to the newspaper.