A poll by the Military Times finds sharp disapproval of President Donald Trump among officers in the U.S. armed forces.
Enlisted service members are much more enamored with the president than officers. Almost half of all enlisted troops who responded to the survey said they have a favorable view of Trump. Among officers, it was less than one in three. More than 53 percent of officers said they had an unfavorable view of the president. While almost 48 percent of enlisted troops approve of Trump, only about 30 percent of officers say the same, the poll shows.
Some interesting details:
- Among the individual services, Trump is least popular among sailors (49 percent unfavorable) and most popular among Marines (59 percent favorable).
- Military men were much more likely to support Trump than women (47 percent favorable for men, 32 percent for women).
- Non-white servicemembers were much more likely to oppose the president (51 percent unfavorable) than white troops (37 percent unfavorable).
Why would officers hold an unfavorable view of Donald Trump?
“They are creating unnecessary division domestically and revisiting political battles that have already been settled and accepted, such as reinstating the transgender military ban.It causes so much upheaval, stress and wasted resources, and has a real impact on morale at the deckplate level.”
- A Navy lieutenant