Friday, September 23, 2016

Military Times poll shows Johnson-Trump tie

This poll of the U.S. military has Gary Johnson tied with Donald Trump in the race for president - Leo Shane III & George R. Altman, Military Times:

September 21, 2016 - "If American military personnel alone were selecting the next president, the contest would be a dead heat between Republican nominee Donald Trump and Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson, according to an exclusive new survey by Military Times and Syracuse University's Institute for Veterans and Military Families.

"Conducted in September, it is the first scientific breakdown of voting preferences among service members, and includes more than 2,200 responses from active-duty troops....

"Among the entire military force, Trump leads Johnson 37.6 percent to 36.5 percent, within the study’s 2 percent margin of error. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton trails as a distant third-place choice, with only 16.3 percent of troops' support.

"Green Party candidate Jill Stein received 1.2 percent support while other third-party and write-in options received 3.2 percent. About 5 percent of respondents indicated they do not plan to vote....

"Among the officers surveyed, Johnson is the clear choice, commanding support from 38.6 percent of respondents. Clinton actually outpaces Trump in that group, with nearly 28 percent support for the former secretary of State compared to the New York business mogul’s 26 percent....

"The Military Times-IVMF survey was launched the same day Johnson flubbed a question ... during a televised MSNBC appearance, where he appeared not to know ... Aleppo.... It appears, however, that the mistake did not dissuade many military members from offering their endorsement of him....

"85 percent said they were dissatisfied with Clinton as the choice for the Democratic ... nominee, including 35 percent of those who plan to vote for her..... 66 percent said they were dissatisfied with Trump as the Republican pick, including 21 percent of those who plan to vote for him.

"More than 68 percent of respondents described Trump’s temperament as poor. More than 87 percent said the same about Clinton’s honesty and truthfulness. Only 18 percent rated Clinton’s ability to handle national security as good or very good, and only 27 percent rated Trump’s ability the same way."

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