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More military troops and veterans seem to favor Obama

By Published: May 13, 2012

More U.S. troops and veterans are voicing support for President Obama in the upcoming general election, according to Reuters' report on a recent poll. The result might be a byproduct of dissatisfaction with the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, concern over threats of a conflict with Iran over failed nuclear negotiations, and talk of Pentagon budget cuts.

Thirty-two percent of men and women who served in the military think the war in Iraq ended successfully, according to the recent Reuters/Ipsos poll. More responded they would pull out of Afghanistan the roughly 90,000-U.S. troops serving there rather than continue military operations.

Republican candidate Mitt Romney has accused Obama of "a dangerous course" in wanting to cut $1 trillion from the defense budget, Reuters reported - although the actual proposal is a reduction of $487 billion over the next decade.

If the election were held today, Obama would win the veteran vote by as much as seven points over Romney, Reuters reported.

Source: Reuters

President Barack Obama greets guests in the Oval Office before signing an executive order on the employment of veterans in the federal government, Nov. 9, 2009; one of several veterans-based White House initiatives. On March 6, 2012, Obama was expected to discuss plans to review thousands of military mortgages since 2006 for irregularities, and payouts of at least $116,000 for families hurt by improper foreclosure practices.
Official White House photo by Pete Souza/Courtesy Defense Department

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