A Fox News exit poll asked voters who they think would be a better commander-in-chief: Republican Donald Trump or Democrat Hillary Clinton. With preliminary results in, the unscientific poll found that Clinton edged out Trump in support by voters.
The poll found that 49 percent of those surveyed believe Clinton would make a better commander-in-chief than Trump (who garnered 46 percent support).
The poll’s figures echoes a main theme of Clinton’s campaign against Trump – that her Republican challenger is unfit to be President.
"We saw more evidence that he is temperamentally unfit and totally unqualified to be commander in chief,” Clinton said at a news conference in September, according to CNBC. “He trash-talked American generals, saying they've been 'reduced to rubble.'"
Clinton’s views are further supported by a slew of military leaders, including Republicans.
“I am voting for Hillary Clinton,” Colin Powell, the former secretary of state under President George W. Bush, and former joint chief of staff under President Ronald Reagan, said, according to the New York Times.
Henry Kissinger, secretary of state under President Richard Nixon, praised Clinton during her tenure at the State Department.
“I greatly admire the skill and aplomb with which you conduct our foreign policy,” he wrote in an email to Clinton, according to Salon. Then, in a 2014 interview, he stated “she ran the State Department in the most effective way that I’ve ever seen."
Robert Gates, defense secretary under both Presidents Bush and Obama, noted that Clinton “was someone he could do business with.”
And while many current and former military leaders praise Clinton, several more have criticized Trump.
“We want to make sure that Donald Trump never sends our troops to war because of his lack of knowledge, his bad judgment, impulse, ego or his business interests,” retired Navy Rear Adm. Jamie Barnett said, representing a group of 15 former generals and admirals, reports Star and Stripes. “We are calling on veterans, military families, the press and the American people to realize that all of what I’ve just discussed has an unavoidable consequence: danger to our men and women in uniform.”
Retired Army Maj. Gen. Donna Barbisch added, “I am fearful to think [Trump] could be the next commander in chief. He does not understand the responsibility.”