Report: Trump’s Approval Rating Nosedives Among Active-Duty Servicemembers
About half of active duty U.S. military personnel disapprove of President Donald Trump as commander in chief because of his decisions to withdraw from Syria and his approach to building a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, a poll of the armed forces found.
Although the president frequently flaunts his support for the troops, saying in June “I can tell you, there’s nobody that respects the military more than your President, Donald Trump,” the feeling isn’t mutual.
U.S. forces publication Military Times surveyed 1,630 active duty troops in conjunction with Syracuse University and found that 49.9% of respondents had an unfavorable view of Trump, while 45.1% viewed him very unfavorably.
Only 45.1% of military personnel had a favorable view of the president, falling just lower than his general public approval ratings.
When respondents were asked to express their sentiments towards specific military policies, 58% had disapproved of Trump’s decision to withdraw troops from Syria, which left a power vacuum that was quickly taken advantage of by Russia and Turkey. Turkey then boldly moved to attack America’s Kurdish allies in the north of the country.
Meanwhile, 59% disapproved of the president’s decision to pay of his border wall with military construction funds, which is expected to cost anywhere between $20 billion to $50 billion.
Trump’s popularity among military personnel has taken a huge hit -- in 2018 the same survey found 59% were satisfied with him, while only 20% disapproved.