America’s military men and women have weighed in on their choice for president this November – and it’s pretty much anyone but Hillary Clinton.
Seriously. Even Libertarian long-shot Gary Johnson has a far better chance of capturing their votes.
A new scientific poll released Wednesday by Syracuse University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families, which surveyed 2,220 active-duty service members, reveals the former secretary of state is extraordinarily unpopular among men and women in uniform. In fact, they say, if the election were held tomorrow, only 16.3 percent would vote for Clinton.
The survey shows 37.6 percent would vote for Republican nominee Donald Trump, and 36.5 percent would cast their ballots for Johnson.
Another 5.2 percent said they would refuse to vote at all.
Plus, 3.2 percent would write in a candidate or select another third party. And 1.2 percent say they’d vote for Green Party nominee Jill Stein.
A full 85 percent of military respondents said they’re unhappy with Clinton as the chosen nominee for the Democratic Party, and 66 percent dislike the GOP’s selection of Trump.
Clinton did appear to catch a break among military officers, 27.9 percent of whom said they would vote for Clinton. But 38.6 percent would rather cast ballots for Johnson. And another 26 percent chose Trump.
Eighty-seven percent of respondents described Clinton’s honesty and truthfulness as poor, and 68 percent said the same of Trump’s temperament.
Just 18 percent said Clinton has a good or very good handle on national security, compared with 27 percent for Trump.
“Active-duty troops and reservists compose about 1 percent of the national voting population,” the Military Times reported. “However, the military could be a key factor in swing states such as Florida and Virginia, where the ratio of military voters is higher and state polls show close races.”
As for the military’s apparent dislike of Clinton, the feelings may be mutual.
In 2015, former Secret Service agent Lloyd Bulman said Clinton dislikes the military and didn’t want officers wearing their service uniforms around her.
“She didn’t appear to like law enforcement or the military,” Bulman said, according to the Daily Caller. “She wouldn’t go over and meet military people or police officers, as most protectees do. She was just really rude to almost everybody. She’d act like she didn’t want you around, like you were beneath her.”
And in July, Benghazi survivor and former CIA operative John “Tig” Tiegen said the best minds of the military and special operations community will quit if Clinton is elected president in November, the Daily Caller reported.
Tiegen and his peers in the Benhghazi CIA Global Response Service Team defended the U.S. consulate during the jihadi attack in Libya on Sept. 11, 2013. He said special operations troops are already calling it quits over the issue.
“There’s guys leaving now just because of that,” Tiegen told the Daily Caller in July. “Cause they don’t know if the call for help is going to be heard.”
In 2003, one U.S. soldier was forced to shake Clinton’s hand when he met her while serving in Iraq, and this photo went viral:
The soldier reportedly flashed the “coercion” sign with his left hand when he greeted Clinton.
“The picture shows that this soldier has been through Survival School and learned his lessons well,” the Gateway Pundit explained. “He’s giving the sign of ‘coercion’ with his left hand. These hand signs are taught in survival school to be used by POWs as a method of posing messages back to our intelligence services who may view the photo or video. This guy was obviously being coerced into shaking hands with Hillary Clinton.”
In his Yahoo Personals profile, the soldier posted the photo and explained, “The picture of me and Hillary Clinton was taken when she came to visit Iraq. I was actually ordered to shake her hand, and I never figured that my friends would circulate it all over the net. I AM NOT a Hillary fan by any stretch.”
More poll details, including a breakdown by military branch: