Veterans Poll on Trump, Military Engagement, and the VA
In April of 2019, the Concerned Veterans for America conducted a national online survey of both veterans as well as military households. Concerned Veterans for America is an advocacy organization dedicated to supporting policies and freedoms that the veterans of the United States have risked their lives to defend.
The survey was taken by 800 military veterans and 800 military households. The responses to the questions were summarized in a report in order to bring attention to a cross-section of opinions and feedback from this population.
The data gathered from the Concerned Veterans for America is a way to have a clearer picture of the sentiments of veterans and their households. And while not every veteran in America was surveyed, this sample size is large enough to provide a glimpse into the general consensus of opinions held by a strong contingent of veterans and their families.
Veterans Poll on Trump: 3 Takeaways from the Poll
In forthcoming articles, we’ll break down more specific areas that the veterans were polled about. It is the hope of advocacy groups such as Concerned Veterans for America that this data will be instrumental in the formation and support of policies that will benefit this population, as well as the country as a whole.
Majority Rules: Trump Wins Veteran Approval
Of the 800 veterans surveyed in the Concerned Veterans for America poll, 56 percent gave answers indicating approval. Survey respondents were given the option of choosing Strongly approve/disapprove or Somewhat approve/disagree when answering each question on the poll.
What percentage of veterans support Trump?
31 percent of the 800 veterans and 24 percent of the military households polled responded that they strongly approved of the overall job President Trump is doing during his tenure in office. It should be noted, however, that the approval versus disapproval split among military households is set at 50-50, indicating a slightly larger number of those who showed disapproval on the poll.
Trump also won, by 56 percent, the approval of the surveyed veterans when it came to the concept of foreign policy. The military households surveyed also indicated approval, at a slightly smaller majority clocking in at 51 percent.
Some Military Engagement is Necessary
The veterans and military households surveyed in the Concerned Veterans for America poll were also asked about their opinions concerning foreign policy and military engagement overseas.
The general opinions of the survey respondents show that while there is an opportunity to pull troops back and engage less, there are still some situations that necessitate this presence.
For example, veterans responded with a 55 percent majority vote that the United States should maintain military presence in Syria, even though many experts claim that ISIS has been decimated.
On the other hand, however, 60 percent of the polled veterans supported the idea of full removal of troops from Afghanistan. This indicates that veterans wish to engage the military only when necessary. In comparison, slightly less than half of the veterans responded that they would support a total withdrawal of troops from Syria.
Department of Veteran Affairs Performs Poorly
One of the most broadly agreed upon topics of survey on the Concerned Veterans for America poll was that concerning the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Survey respondents were asked for their opinions concerning the quality of benefits provided as well as the accessibility of care provided by the VA.
While most of the survey respondents agreed that the quality of services provided by the VA is now at least no worse than the state of affairs five years ago, the majority of those surveyed also agreed that the care and benefits were not sufficient for their needs.
57 percent and 64 percent of veterans and military households, respectively, responded to say that the health care benefits provided by the VA were poor or fair.
77 percent of the surveyed veterans also showed strong support for the prioritization of policies supporting stronger healthcare for veterans.
The Concerned Veterans for America poll sheds light on the current opinions of veterans and their families and what is most important to them. Using the data gleaned from this survey, the Concerned Veterans for America group and others like it can find ways to support the policies and freedoms that matter the most to America’s military.