How Veterans Voted in 2018 vs 2016
America’s veterans are one of the most active voter blocks in the country. This is no surprise given that veterans have a more personal stake than most when it comes to the future of the United States, the country they put their lives on the line to defend. We were curious how veterans voted in 2018 vs 2016. So, we did some research and found interesting trends.
2016: Veterans Generally Supportive of Trump
In 2016, American veterans voted nearly 2 to 1 in favor of Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton in the presidential election. Veteran voters made up around 13% of the American electorate in 2016, a sizeable amount. The military vote was even more critical in 2016 given the massive turnout of veteran voters, which was around 78%.
Data shows that veterans remained supportive of President Trump during his first two years in office. According to a Pew Research Study poll in 2017, Trump enjoyed a 54% approval rating among military veterans, which was significantly higher than his overall approval rating of 39% at that time.
2018: Veterans Lean Republican
Republicans were the beneficiaries of President Trump’s popularity among voting veterans in 2018. A recent poll of 4,000 current and former military service members found that nearly 6 in 10 veterans voted Republican in 2018, likely due to their approval of President Trump’s job performance. The poll found that 56% of veterans approve of President Trump’s job performance. Interestingly, that number is lower among women veterans. This particular poll found that 58% of female veterans disapproved of the President’s job performance.
One of the issues veterans seem to agree with President Trump the most is border security. According to the same poll, 62% of veterans approve of Trump’s handling of the border security problem.
In short, it is clear that President Trump continues to have the support of veteran voters in his first term, which has also translated into more veteran votes for Republicans. The veteran voting block will likely continue to be one of the most active in the 2020 election. If the patterns of the past two elections continue, it would seem that President Trump and Republicans will continue to enjoy the support for the majority of veteran voters in 2020.
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