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Survey: Troops Overwhelmingly Prefer Trump To Clinton

| by Sean Kelly
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A new Military Times survey found that more troops prefer Donald Trump for the job of commander-in-chief than they do Hillary Clinton.

Though Trump tops Clinton by more than a 2-to-1 margin in the latest poll, 21 percent of service members said they would rather not vote in the general election than have to choose between the two candidates.

Of those who would vote, 54 percent said they would vote for Trump, while 25 percent said they’d vote for Clinton. 

In a matchup between Bernie Sanders and Trump, Sanders performed better than Clinton among troops, getting 38 percent of the vote to Trump's 51 percent. Given Sanders and Trump as the candidates, 11 percent of military members said they would not vote. 

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Democrats overwhelmingly favored Clinton (72 percent to 8 percent) and Republicans overwhelmingly supported Trump (82 percent to 6 percent). Troops who identified as independents slightly favored Trump, by a 40 percent to 32 percent margin.

Female troops favored Clinton over Trump, by a 51 percent to 24 percent margin. Male troops backed Trump over Clinton 57 percent to 22 percent.

Officers were more likely to back Clinton than enlisted troops, though the officers still favored Trump by a 46 percent to 32 percent tally. Enlisted respondents broke 58 percent to 21 percent for Trump.

The same held for Sanders, where he outpaced Trump’s support by a 45 percent to 43 percent margin among Navy members. Among the services, Marines were the most likely to support Trump (60 percent said they’d vote for him) while sailors were the most likely to support Clinton (31 percent said they would vote for her).

Trump has continued to divide the Republican Party since becoming the presumptive nominee following the suspension of campaigns by both Ted Cruz and John Kasich. The front-runner recently claimed to have spoken with House Speaker Paul Ryan on the phone.

“He called me three weeks ago, and he was so supportive,” Trump said on "Meet the Press," according to Daily Kos. “It was amazing. ... He spoke to me three weeks ago, and it was a very nice call, a very encouraging call. I was doing well. He called me, I think, to congratulate me about New York, 'cause I won by massive numbers. I won everything.”

A spokesman for Ryan, however, reportedly denied that such a call ever took place.

Sources: Military Times, Daily Kos / Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

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