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.