Monday, October 04, 2004
OK, it's not as legit as normal polls, but the results are pretty convincing anyway:
"An unscientific survey of U.S. military personnel shows they support President Bush for re-election by a 4-to-1 ratio. Two-thirds of those responding said John Kerry's anti-war activities after he returned from Vietnam make them less likely to vote for him.Looks like a pretty convincing vote of confidence from those who actually put their lives on the line. These people are professionals, of course they will serve whoever gets elected this November, but there's little doubt who they trust more to lead them. For all the talk by the left about chicken-hawks lining up behind Bush to wage war, it seems that there's plenty of real hawks who do too.
"In the survey of more than 4,000 full-time and part-time troops, 73% said they would vote for Bush if the election were held today; 18% said they would vote for Kerry. Of the respondents, 59% identified themselves as Republicans, 20% as independents and 13% as Democrats.
"The survey was conducted Sept. 15-28 by the Army Times Publishing Co., which distributes the weekly newspapers Army Times, Navy Times, Air Force Times and Marine Corps Times. (Army Times Publishing is owned by Gannett, which also publishes USA TODAY.)
"Army Times Publishing sent e-mails to more than 31,000 subscribers and received 4,165 responses on a secure Web site. The publisher cautioned that the results are not a scientific poll. Its readers are older, higher in rank and more career-oriented than the military as a whole."