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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soundoff (83 Responses)
  1. dnick47

    As a vet, the ONLY thing that bothers me about Obama is that he did not serve. But neither did Romney and Romney was old enough at the time to serve in the Conflict... neither has any of Romney 5-sons served. I really see Romney engaging in unecessary brush-fire wars for no other purpose then to advance the interest of American greed-meisters. That American service men and women with be needlessly maimed or killed of Exxon/Mobile, the American Fruit Company, Peabody Coal and other warmonger for gold. Again, Romney has one focus which he never flipss-flop on, that focus is: MONEY!

    May 28, 2012 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  2. Zach

    Last I checked, the only crowning achievement by Congress this past year was approving President Obama's Veterans Jobs Act. Here is a President who ended one unnecessary war, is trying to limit another, and ordered the killing of the man who instigated the mess we are in. President Obama has done a tremendous job for veterans and I'm sure he will continue to do so. It seems there are still veterans who will vote for a president simply because they are Republican, even though our last Republican president started two unnecessary wars (without proper equipment) and actually introduced lower pay raises/COLAs than a Democratic Congress.

    May 28, 2012 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  3. Jesse

    As I am an 89 year old veteran of WWII, Korea and SE Asia; a retired USAF Sergeant, I could never support Obama in any manner. He is evil and represents everything that we vets over the years have fought against. His Marxist, socialistic
    approach is wrong for this country.

    May 28, 2012 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  4. dBurghard

    Veterans prefer Romney? Not THIS veteran, and not a LOT of them that this veteran knows. If you're polling overwhelmingly white males over 65, the fact that they prefer Romney by a big margin should be a shock to ... well, no one. Poll *recent* veterans (i.e. veterans under 40) and show us *those* results. It's also worth noting that troops gave more money to and voted for Obama (not a veteran) in 2008 than McCain (decorated vet and POW) ... now if THAT doesn't say something about the hopelessly backward and bankrupt policies of the neo-conservatives in the Republican Party I don't know what does.

    May 28, 2012 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  5. FreedomStorm

    Smart group of folks, these veeterans. They served, fought, and bled for Freedom and Liberty, not so that the Constitution could be used in tyranny's oval office toilet.

    May 28, 2012 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  6. fromrrnm

    Didn't have to do a survey to get this article. I belong to a lot of veterans organizations and the majority do not back the president. The president is chopping off our defense budget, ignoring illegal immigrants, and is pretty much trying to make our country socialist with his Obama care. Veterans are also having to pay more for their medications. After I was out of the Army after the Korean war conflict, my contract said I have free lifetime health care and prescriptions. That has changed. It amazes me how one man has divided our country with racial sides in less than 4 years.

    May 28, 2012 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  7. Lionel

    The Vets should ask Romney why he did not serve in the Vietnam war. Instead he snuck away to France as a Mormon missionary. Also, why hasn't any of his five sons serve in the armed forces. –There's the facts

    Obama's grandfather was a veteran of Patton's army.

    The pictures shows Romney with old white men. Where's the diversity. All of the minority vets are probably homeless and living on the streets.

    God help America. My army friends are all Obama supporters so we'll see how it goes in November.

    Latinos for Obama 2012

    May 28, 2012 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  8. Michael

    Honestly, we ask everything from our men and women in uniform and what we give them does not measure up. Here we go again picking the lesser of two evils. Mitt reminds me of every boss I've ever hated.

    May 28, 2012 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  9. anoel2005

    Vets are smart. They know a FRAUD when they see one.

    They see a President, Obama, who had his likeness photo shopped into pictures of the pasts' greatest Presidents to make himself look like a hero.

    They see a President who is having a Hollywood film made about the OBL raid to make himself look like some kind of hero.

    May 28, 2012 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  10. ron paul

    78% of active military troops have financially donated to ron Paul campaign. On president's day 2000 military and veterans showed up for ron Paul. 900 active military and veterans marched in the streets in formation chanting president Paul and can be watched on YouTube. They are not marching for Romney or obummer Barry satirical known as obama. Thousands of troops and veterans are marching on the Republican convention with a defening roar of president Paul. This is what your media never reported and does not want you to know about. Wake up americans and learn the truth.

    May 28, 2012 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  11. Iraq Vet

    Anyone but Obama and the Senators that back him (Pelosi/Reid/etc)... Lets not talk about the economy and make our platform all about Gay rights. Who really give a hoot. You are not making this country better. Keep taking credit for the UBL kill-but us vets know it had NOTHING to do with the President and everything to do with the Team and Intel that KILLED him. ANY US President would have made the same call. Don't think we were not trying the previous years post 911 (We were). If it was easy Ayman Mohammed Rabie al-Zawahiri would also be dead (if you don't know who he is look it up dummy). Iraq is also being called a victory–victory for who? Iran? The Iraqi people? or just Obama? The Democrates always talk a big game - But they are hollow and have to cater to the nut case Left who lives in a dream land. My biggest fear of the next for years is Obama's selection of Supream Court Justices...his beliefs and mine (and MOST VETS) are not the same. These Court selections would changes this country not for the good. Again...anyone BUT Obama 2012.

    May 28, 2012 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  12. Gurgyl

    You think these old veterans care, they care their 300 dollars check, to the dog–a bone , just throw, they say Robme, they do not care Bain capital nor this nation.....

    May 28, 2012 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  13. fred

    As much as I love our vets I hate to say it but IMO they don't know what is best for themselves. Romney will mangle their benefits that we US citizens OWE them. That is right, I want my taxes to help out our vets. Conservatives see money for active military as useful, but then that is where it stops, they see the later benefits as a potential cost savings.

    May 28, 2012 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  14. shawn

    What I've gained from reading these comments is veterans are just as ill informed as the rest of the people in their age group.

    If you think Obama care is socialism (and it is by many definitions) then you should also take issue with medicare, social security and 101 other programs that you have no problem taking money from...you could even argue vet benefits are socialism...those of you who scream marxism are just not very bright...and most likely listen to Rush all day.

    Obama ended one war, is trying to end another and gave the go ahead to get rid of enemy number one is 3 short years...this doesn't work in the benefit of vets?

    You are in the military so I guess I should not expect you to think for yourself!

    Mitt may well be the right guy and a good leader but there is very little negative to say about Obama...as far as I can tell he's improved on everything since taking over a heaping pile of poo! Maybe not as quick as we'd like but it sure has not gotten worse.

    Shawn
    and independent thinker and voter.

    May 28, 2012 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  15. Thomas

    I'm wondering what the age breakdown would be of for those for Romney and those for Obama. I would have imagined more veterans would be pro-peace.

    I remember during the repeal of DODT it was the aging population of veterans, who actually served during times of segregated military, that were the most adamantly opposed.

    May 28, 2012 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  16. Curt

    Surprising poll. You have Obama who ended the war in Iraq, Afganistan is nearing an end, has done lots for vets and gave the order on Bin Laden. Then we have Romney who should have been in Vietnam but skipped the country to go to France to try and recruit members to his church and has 5 sons who are busy counting their trustfund instead of enlisting. Maybe the vets that back Romney are just concerned they may lose their jobs with Obama. After all Mitts ready to attack Iran and China. Maybe these vets who are no doubt staunch Republicans should remember their fallen comrades who were killed or seriously injured for life because of Bush's unjustified wars.

    May 28, 2012 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  17. Chuck in Jasper, Ga.

    I was medically retired in 1992 after more than 20 years active duty service in the U.S. Army. Since my retirement I have noted each time Republicans have the power or the numbers within the legislative process, cut veterans programs or benefits "to save money". I have also noted that they demand a strong military and will gladly send them anywhere at the drop of a hat and not be concerned in the least with the costs of engaging in unwinnable military actions. But when it comes to the veterans, they have not sacrificed enough. Republicans want to change the retirement system, the co-pays, and "enrollment" fees to be in the medical insurance program known as Tricare (formerly Champus). Our military volunteers are promised certain benefits for serving this country. After they serve, the promises made to them become secondary. They have served their purpose, so who cares if we have thousands of veterans living in the streets homeless. I know who doesn't care. Republican legislators and those that vote for them.

    May 28, 2012 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  18. .

    Obama is this generation's Jimmy Carter.

    May 28, 2012 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  19. anoel2005

    to Iraq Vet,

    it may have a lot to do with the fact that Obama identifies with his father (a Muslim), and not his mother's side. This is according to what he wrote in his own books.

    May 28, 2012 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  20. Debby

    Lionel it doesn't matter where Romney was and he didn't escapt going off to war. His number didn't come up for him to go. He could not be running for Pres. today if he was a draft dodger oh wait Bill Clinton was thats right.

    May 28, 2012 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  21. imputt

    Let's see how long this one gets posted. Somehow a positive piece on the republicans slipped through

    May 28, 2012 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  22. fernace

    It's difficult to grasp why people would vote against their own self-interest, but I see it over & over on these blogs! It's simple: Obama is trying to work for the country & All its citizens; Romney is trying to work for the rich & big biz! This new radical Republican party wants to deregulate, diminish & dismantle all taxpayer sponsored safetynet programs, in case of an emergency or old age! I doubt they'll keep the VA around for sentimental reasons! It seems their mission is to take us back to 1912, when us peasants knew our place! Forward/Obama 2012!!

    May 28, 2012 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  23. Jill-IN

    Vietnam vet and we will vote for Obama. We remember hearing about Romney back in the late 60's and early 70's. His father was prominent then and Mitt did not serve (nor has his 5 sons). Mitt went to college and he saw to it that he spent 3 years over in France doing missionary work. Now really, what kind of missionary work was there to do in France – just exactly what was that all about. Sounds like a good gig.

    May 28, 2012 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  24. Jim187

    Not this Vet. I'm for Obama all the way!

    May 28, 2012 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  25. Tony

    Obama got bin Laden. Obama got us out of Iraq. Romney will start a war on Iran. Romney will increase military spending, but his tax cuts and military spending will force cuts in spending that veterans need, like Social Security and unemployment benefits. In fact, even though both parties agreed to cuts in defense and social programs to avoid a government default last year, Republicans are already trying to shift the defense cuts to social programs. Social Security is by far the biggest part of social programs, followed by Medicare. Boehner wants another showdown over the debt ceiling this year, unless the president comes up with more cuts in social programs. Think of this way: if both presidential candidates were black, can you think of any reason why veterans would support Romney?

    May 28, 2012 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
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