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Majority of Veterans Support Trump, New Poll Shows

Over half of United States military vets support President Donald Trump's re-election

 on 28th October 2020 @ 12.00am
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Most U.S. military veterans support President Trump for re-election, a new polls shows

The majority of U.S. military veterans plan to vote for President Donald Trump in next week's presidential election, according to new poll data.

The latest survey from the Military Times and the Institute for Veterans and Military Families found that over half of vets want four more years of Trump.

52 percent of ex-service personnel say they intend to back President Trump for a second term in the White House.

Just over 42 percent said they would be voting for Democrat nominee Joe Biden.

Meanwhile, 4.6 percent favored a third-party candidate, with less than one percent saying they would not be voting at all.

The bulk of Trump's support came from veterans aged 55 and older, with almost six in ten from the demographic (59 percent) favoring the president for re-election, according to the Military Times.

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President Trump has shown his support for veterans during his time in office

Meanwhile, veterans younger than 55 years old favored Biden, according to The Blaze.

That age breakdown reiterated results from a previous poll conducted by the Military Times in August of active-duty personnel.

That survey found that current military service members favored Biden to Trump 41% to 37%, with 13% saying they would vote third party and 9% planning to skip the election. 

The most recent poll, which was conducted October 1-13 and surveyed more than 1,700 veterans, returned the same results as a Morning Consult survey last month of more than 2,700 likely voters in military households.

In that survey, respondents also favored Trump to Biden by a margin of 52% to 42%.

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Most veterans say they plan to vote for Trump in the November election

The poll results appear to be good news for the president ahead of the Nov. 3 election.

Most national and battleground state polling show Trump losing, but it should be noted that the numbers are down for the incumbent in comparison to his margin of victory among veterans in the last election.

Exit surveys in 2016 showed that voting veterans supported Trump over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton by a margin of 60% to 34%, according to the national exit poll conducted by Edison Research, as reported by CNN.

Politicos have looked on in keen interest to see if Trump's support among veterans would dip following a salacious report from The Atlantic last month that alleged he mocked veterans who died defending the country as "losers" and "suckers."

The report, which was based on claims from four anonymous sources, was forcefully rejected by the president, who blasted it on Twitter as "Fake News given by disgusting & jealous failures in a disgraceful attempt to influence the 2020 Election!"

"I never called our great fallen soldiers anything other than HEROES," he added.

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