What Percentage of Veterans Support Trump?
Poll Results Show Veteran Support for Trump
A 2019 survey of veterans and military households conducted by advocacy nonprofit Concerned Veterans for America collected the opinions and sentiments of 1600 online respondents.
Among several topics on the poll was the general opinion of President Trump and his policies and procedures that have been enacted since taking office in 2016. With the upcoming 2020 presidential election looming, having information on the sentiments of the veteran population will be instrumental.
Historically, veterans tend to support presidents who show a strong hand in foreign policy and military or defense spending. These trends are supported in the Concerned Veterans for America poll, which showed a 56 percent overall approval of President Trump as well as of his performance as it pertains to foreign policy.
While the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan is currently in negotiation and early stages, the completion of this concept still lies in the future. The veteran respondents on the Concerned Veterans for America poll showed strong levels of support for this withdrawal, while also remaining a bit more on the other side of the spectrum when it comes to Syria.
Both of these are actions taken by President Trump, who has repeatedly come out in strong support of the military and promising to make decisions that will benefit and bolster the defense system.
Overall, the 1600 veterans surveyed showed general support for President Trump while also agreeing that the checks and balances system are in place for a reason. In a question on the poll asking if Congress or the President had a balance in authority, 48 percent of the veterans and 35 percent of military households responding agreed that the balance was where it should be.
However, while most of the poll respondents agreed that the balance was where it should be, 60 percent of veterans and 49 percent of military households answered that the president should have executive power to send troops into conflict in order to protect U.S. interests without Congressional approval.
This response indicates a level of trust in President Trump and his decision-making prowess when it comes to imminent danger. In an earlier question on the poll, respondents were asked if the United States should be more or less engaged in military conflicts worldwide. The results on this question were mainly grouped in the opinion of less or about the same. This response shows that there is a strong representation of veterans and military households that believe that there is a need for military engagement, on some level.
President Trump has, in previous budget proposals, shown support for the Base Realignment and Closure process, which many military leaders have pushed for several years. This sentiment was reflected in the poll respondents’ answers, showing 71 percent of veterans and 63 percent of military households supported this process.
Through the lens of the data provided by the Concerned Veterans for America poll, conducted in April 2019, advocacy groups and supporters can see the general air of support for President Trump and his policies.