Poll: Romney leads Obama among veterans
May 28th, 2012
08:45 AM ET
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Poll: Romney leads Obama among veterans

(CNN) - As Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama take a campaign break to pay tribute on Memorial Day, a poll released Monday indicates the presumptive GOP presidential nominee has a big lead over Obama among veterans.

Fifty-eight percent of veterans support Romney, while 34% back the president, according to a new Gallup survey.

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In recent weeks, polls have indicated significant gender gap between Obama and Romney, with woman more favorable to the president and men leaning more towards Romney.

Interestingly, the new poll shows that Romney's male advantage may be attributed to his lead among veterans, given that one in four men in the United States have served in the military. When taking into account only non-veteran men, Obama and Romney are essentially tied, the poll shows.

Among non-veterans overall (both men and women), however, Obama holds a four-percentage point advantage, 48%-44%, over his Republican rival.

Neither Romney nor Obama have military records, making the 2012 election the first race with non-veterans as candidates since the 1944 showdown between Franklin Roosevelt and Thomas Dewey.

To commemorate the holiday, Romney makes an appearance Monday with Sen. John McCain at the Veterans Museum and Memorial Center in San Diego, California, while President Barack Obama attends ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall.

Gallup pulled its data from its daily tracking survey between April 11 and May 24, with a random sample of 43,352 adults questioned by telephone. Of the sample, 7,133 were veterans. The poll's sampling error is plus or minus two percentage points.

– CNN's Steve Brusk contributed to this report.

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Filed under: Mitt Romney • Polls • President Obama • Veterans
soundoff (83 Responses)
  1. FedUp

    And well he should. Actually, anyone should beat Obama on the veterans vote. After all, his administration believes all military, active, retired, and past members are terrorists. Oh, except when he needs a photo op, of course.

    May 28, 2012 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  2. dnick47

    @ FedUp That's where your mind goes when you sit in the mess hall listening to Limbaugh. Vet's will take it in the groin under Romney, especcially disabled vvets. Romney has one focus and one focus only: MONEY, If you do not make him money you are dog meat. I am a vet voting for Obama.

    May 28, 2012 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  3. gee

    Extracting from whatever?? Everyone has a poll of some kind. Whoever wants a top runner today gets one. Trash.

    May 28, 2012 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  4. DaveSteve

    The veteran gap will grow as Pres Obama continues to invoke Osama Bin Laden. If a bin laden movie is released in the fall it will only hurt the President.

    May 28, 2012 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  5. Anonymous

    "And well he should. Actually, anyone should beat Obama on the veterans vote. After all, his administration believes all military, active, retired, and past members are terrorists. Oh, except when he needs a photo op, of course."

    Wow, that's a pretty blatant lie. No surprise you have no facts to back up your insane ranting.

    May 28, 2012 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  6. Anonymous

    dnick: Spot on. No way should a liar and hatemonger like Rush Dumbo be on the Armed Forces network.

    May 28, 2012 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  7. Strategic Bob

    Well, this is one veteran (I wore the uniform for 34 years) who could never support Romney. I am not wild about Obama but the GOP agenda for taxes and turning the banks and investment houses loose again is just pure insanity. Neither party has the correct answer for the country but the radical right wants to take us back to the dark ages.

    May 28, 2012 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  8. Jason

    The statistic " 1 in 4 men are Veterans" is patently false. There are currently 25 million veterans alive today, 6 percent of which are women. With a population of 311 million with a 50/50 split between men and women it is possible for the number to be that high.

    May 28, 2012 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  9. Lynda/Minnesota

    Hey, CNN. Today would have been a very good day to honor our veterans by NOT offering political opinions or allowing others to comment disparagingly against our Commander in Chief. Our vets deserve our respect, no matter which side of the aisle we sit on.

    Tomorrow America can get back to it's ugliness ...

    Our vets deserve our respect, no matter which side of the aisle we sit on.

    May 28, 2012 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  10. v_mag

    Neither Flip Rob-money or any of his 5 healthy sons ever entertained the thought of serving their country in the military. They want to control, not to serve. As a Vietnam era veteran, I support the guy who got Bin Laden, not the guy who is a clone of Bush, the clown who started 2 unnecessary wars where over 5000 of my military brethren have been murdered.

    May 28, 2012 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  11. rla

    This president will not be helped by any photo OP as Americans are looking ahead and are scared by what they see "EVOLVING" from the policies of this administration.

    May 28, 2012 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  12. anoel2005

    why would any patriot ( Vet) want to vote for Obama?

    Obama had his likeness photo shopped ( probably by AxelFRAUD) into pictures of the pasts' great Presidents to make him look like some kind of hero.

    May 28, 2012 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  13. bkisses

    YOU think these veterans would learn do u seriously think romney has anyones best interest but the rich peoples.... Im am shocked how stupid some americans can be... to vote for someone who wants to cut veterans checks while obama has been doing everything he can for veterans him and his wife both. they keep drinking the koolaid set up by rush and foxsnooze.. just wait this will turn around and bite them hard in the ass im sick of hearing them whine..

    May 28, 2012 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  14. Sagebrush Shorty

    CNN, this ex-sailor says forget the political garbage for one day and honor our lost sons and daughters.

    May 28, 2012 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  15. Dieter Zerressen

    Sad. GOP votes to reduce veteran's benefits, access to health care and family support. This veteran supports Obama and knows the Democrats have been most supportive to our issues. Too bad that all these veterans don't see that they are only being used as props by the Republicans who will send young soldiers into more and more wars and then don't support them either in the field or when they get home.

    May 28, 2012 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  16. bob

    must be the ptsd...

    May 28, 2012 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  17. Anonymous

    As a Veteran myself and know many veterans, most of us support Ron Paul. He's the only one that understands we are tired of fighting these pointless wars. Ron Paul is a Veteran himself.

    May 28, 2012 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  18. tepeters

    Older white men prefer Romney which at this point in time comprises most veterans. Isolating veterans out of this group does not indicate something new or significant. So again a media outlet is just making a filler story on Memorial Day. Hohummmm.

    May 28, 2012 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  19. Phil Rats

    This is insane. Obama killed the most dangerous people who terrorised America for decades and still American veterans or non veterans do not support him. You know what Amerians do not know the value of an egg untill it breaks. Romney will take US service men back to fight Iran if he wins and that will mark the end of American power in the world.

    May 28, 2012 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  20. 1crusader

    If men currently enlisted in the military could give their opinions, I think that the result would be different.Romney has signaled by his words, and the team of the military advisers of former VP Dick Cheney that he has surrounded himself with, that he plans to return to a path of military aggression set out by the Bush administration.Most Americans, including those serving in the military now, probably won't be on board with that, to say nothing of the fact that we can't afford it.

    May 28, 2012 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  21. Black Six

    Gee, where will the president be today to honor the Service men? Oh wait, he does not have a single speaking engagement today, he must not care about our servicemen that much. Or just be like Joe Biden, telling the wheelchair bound soldier to stand up. Obama/Biden, the JOKE PRESIDENCY.

    May 28, 2012 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  22. Name

    Forget post traumatic stress disorder, what will vets have from nonstop missions under Romney.

    May 28, 2012 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  23. J Mann

    Personally, I don't believe this poll, unless the vets polled were WWII vets, old guys who still can't stand the thought of a black fella in the white house, even if he has done more for vets than any Republican president ever has. Younger vets know the truth, this administration cares about their health and welfare. Romney is a chickenhawk, and military personnel suffer most under chickenhawks. Perhaps these vets want job security, no doubt Romney will start more wars than Obama.

    May 28, 2012 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  24. anoel2005

    Obama is the JOB Killing President. Vets are in need of jobs, so why would they vote for Obama?

    Obama said "NO" to Keystone and "NO" to 1000 Non Union jobs in S.Carolina. He only wants to please the Unions and the tree huggers in his Liberal base.

    May 28, 2012 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  25. rika33

    Not surprising – chicken hawks hate social programs but love those for veterans – hiring preferances, lifetime medical care etc., because it gives them cover. A Vietnam era draft dodger needs cover.

    May 28, 2012 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
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