The Military: Popular, But Not Universally So

For Memorial Day, Scott Rasmussen polled Americans on their views of the military. Not surprisingly, the military has a 75% favorable rating, no doubt one of the highest in our society.

But that approval is by no means evenly distributed. Only 68 percent of Democrats have a favorable view of the military, leaving nearly one-third who do not. That one-third–essentially, the left wing of the Democratic Party–was Barack Obama’s base in the primaries, and it continues to assert itself in the form of endless agitation about “torture,” Guantanamo Bay, etc. It would be interesting to know how many of the one-third of Democrats who have an unfavorable opinion of the military also have an unfavorable view of the United States.

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