Monday, October 27, 2008

Which Candidate Does Our Military Support for President?

There have been reports that military personnel support Barack Obama over John McCain in both fundraising and who they will vote for. Given the positions of the two candidates, this flies in the face of reason.

The following information was reportedly published in the New York Post:
“Obama has collected $335,536 from 859 enlisted men and women, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. McCain - a decorated former Vietnam POW - has received $280,513 from 558 military personnel.” Another quote said that of military personnel stationed in Iraq the margin of contributors to the Obama campaign was six times as large as to the McCain campaign.

All of that may be true, but the idea that more military personnel support Barack Obama than John McCain isn't supported by the broader opinion of support reported by the Military Times.

Here are the results of the military personnel regarding the upcoming election, and they show that in all but one category military personnel overwhelmingly believe John McCain is the right man for the job. The first figure in each category is for Mccain, the second figure is for Obama.

Overall: 68% - 23%

Army: 68% - 23%

Navy: 69% - 24%

Air Force: 67% - 24%

Marines: 75% - 18%

Retirees: 72% - 20%

White Non-Hispanic: 76% - 17%

Hispanic: 63% - 27%

Black/African-American: 12%- 79%

Enlisted: 67%- 24%

Officers: 70% - 22%

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