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. MrLeon1978

    In reality politicians serve no one but themselves and their financial backers. Issues are always just issues. If you are not rich and/or famous your concern will not be heard nor addressed. Veterans and the backbone for the country but get the lesser of the benefits. So who really advocates for the little people besides God? Hmm... I wonder.

    May 28, 2012 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  2. Jake

    Always interesting how some in the military support Repubs who always send them to get maimed or come home in body bags in wars like Iraq and Afghanistan over lies over WMD's yet refuse to support someone like Obama who brings them home from warzones.

    May 28, 2012 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  3. CL

    What veterans are you polling because I know of any that support Romney

    May 28, 2012 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  4. JohnReedjr

    Republicans are not pro-soldier/pro-veteran. They are pro defense industry. Under Clinton, we did not lose anyone in combat. Under Bush we lost 5000. Obama ended one war, pursued and killed Osama who Bush forgot about trying to get Sadam, and is winding down Afganistan while going after Al Queda with drones. And he's trying to improve the VA. Veteran's need to wake up and discover who their real advocate is.

    May 28, 2012 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  5. Granny

    My husband is a veteran as were my father and uncles. There is absolutely no way anyone I know who is a veteran will vote for Obama. Have they forgotten what he said to the Russian man when he did not think his mike was on. Just what does he plan on giving the Russians from our nuclear arsonel that he can only give if he is elected. He has made concessions to the Russians without asking for the same ones back. Obama is a dangerous individual for the future of our our country. Romney 2012!

    May 28, 2012 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  6. Ancient Texan

    No surprise here, Obama's dream for America is not the same dream that America's military has served, fought, and in far too many cases, died for over the last 236 years.

    May 28, 2012 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  7. One United

    You have a President who since elected, stood very tall with the Military Families all across the country, he took their issued very personal and close to heart, and he has succeeded in bringing the Iraq war to an end, a selfish war that Dick of Cheney and Lord Bush entered to fulfill their financial urge, the oil money: you remember? Weapons of mass destruction that was never seen, unpaid war that brought the entire US finances to a hall mess, lives where lost and till date, PTS remains very high among returned Vets, and President Obama tactically captured and killed Osama BIN...... that Bush and Cheney couldn't for how many years, then we see Mitt Romney who in his own words said that it must not cost heaven and earth to get Bin Laden, to him, these wars are like his activities and shady deals at Bain Capital, make the profits no matter what plays out there, money matters, as a 76yrs Vet, we have as a country, learned our lessons and mark my words, it will never happen again. If the GOP opens another war to feed their Military contractors and companies, then the American people will rise against them. I will definitely VOTE FOR OBAMA THIS TIME. HE DESERVES IT NOT MITT.

    May 28, 2012 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  8. Tom D

    Obama has done more for Vets than the last 5 presidents. Has stopped one war and trying to stop another. Killed the guy who took down the towers in NY. Wake up America!!

    May 28, 2012 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  9. OIFvet

    Yeah, let's vote for the guy with the magic underwear. Surely he can fix things!

    May 28, 2012 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  10. anoel2005

    THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF, OBAMA, HAD HIS LIKENESS PHOTO SHOPPED INTO PICTURES OF PAST PRESIDENTS TO MAKE HIMSELF LOOK LIKE SOME KIND OF HERO and Hollyweird is making a movie about the OBL raid to put Obama in the "hero" category.

    The Vets see thru him and it's a Pathetic thing to do. Truth is, you'll find Obama on the golf course if you need him.

    May 28, 2012 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  11. Thomas

    @Granny

    I won't vote for Obama because he'll give the Russians nukes. Really? Are you still looking for his birth certificate too?

    Obama and Romney are both out for self interests. No one can really deny that. But, I feel as though citizens will at least gain a better quality of life under Obama than Romney. Looking at the healthcare plan, looking at the pro-peace, pro-equality.

    Who knows, under Obama maybe women will be granted equal rights (which still hasn't been ratified).

    May 28, 2012 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  12. Mike

    Maybe if this country had fought a legitimate, just war in the 60 years or so I might actually care, but until then, sorry.

    May 28, 2012 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  13. TheTruth

    Fact is, neither Obama or Romney care about the constitution so many Veterans fought, and died, for in any capacity. The constitution has been systematically broken down and stitched back together over the past 50 years that it resembles something more akin to Frankenstein's Monster than our Founding document. Romney will continue the policies of Obama, as he has Bush. If anything Romney will be far more aggressive in giving corporations what they want than Obama has, which means less rights for you, the People. Romney cares about one thing only: Money. He'll make sure those who make it best keep on making it unhindered, and unrestrained, at the expense of those who can't make it. The deficit will continue to climb as neither President would grow the brass to do what truly needs to be done. If Veterans want this kind of future for their children, where their sacrifices and blood are empty offerings for a country-turned-corporation (not its intended function) then I urge them to vote for Romney or Obama. But, for those Veterans who want their service to their country to count for something, to truly be a sacrifice in protecting the people of this nation and what IT stands for, I urge them to vote for one of their own, Ron Paul. An actual veteran, who served his country when it called. THERE IS A VETERAN IN THIS RACE, but the media doesn't want you to know that. Have the courage to stand up for what America once was and should be again. A nation of principles, not profit.

    May 28, 2012 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  14. Mike

    And let's just admit it, these people have a problem with taking orders from a minority.

    May 28, 2012 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  15. Shimon Cleopas

    1.For as long as the two big fish (God and Satan) are at large, whoever is president at this point in time will fail.

    2. Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and everything else will fall into place.

    3. Mary's secret recipe of 5 loaves entraps both fish (AntiChrist and Jesus Christ) into the finale.

    4.Mary's secret formula of 5 loaves is a scientific proof that Jesus Christ is indeed God.

    5.Mary's 5 loaves catches the two big fish – God and Satan

    May 28, 2012 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  16. blake

    No surprises here. Obama will lose decisively in November. The entitlement crowd, the union vote, Marxists, gays, and African Americans who vote on the basis of race do not represent mainstream America.

    May 28, 2012 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  17. Bill

    They are probably asking the vets of WWI and WWII....just as they are fading to glory so is the republican party.

    May 28, 2012 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  18. ru serious

    Not surprising, hopefully, the "middle class" that Obama and company purport to support will also see though this phony so that we don't have 4 more years of this administration.

    May 28, 2012 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  19. Steve

    with the Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld troika we suffered through the most poorly managed, dishonest, impractical presidential tenure of all time. I imagine, had Bush/Cheney and Rummy had another term, they would have finished the job and left this country a pile of ruble.
    Yet...I read some of these posts and wonder why they want to return to the party that broiught us to the brink, cost thousands of lives for nothing and rearchitected our tax system to insure deficits almost unto eternity.

    May 28, 2012 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  20. Phil T. Listener

    I would be interested to see a breakdown by age of those veterans. I believe most recent veterans know who has had their backs for the last 3+ years, and will continue to fight for fairness and justice in providing them with the benefits they deserve for the next 4.

    May 28, 2012 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  21. Chuck in Jasper, Ga.

    Bull. I am a vet. The last thing I would do, would be to vote for any Republican. Republicans are not the least bit concerned with people, vets or otherwise. They care about power and money and nothing else.

    May 28, 2012 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  22. Anonymil

    Im sure the veterans that are polled are retired vets....BC im still active duty and I know I dont support Romney......SMH

    May 28, 2012 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  23. DR

    Are you kidding? What age group are you polling? Tactical leader versus GWB who starts wars and doesn't even put them on the books. Then good ole George pawns the unfinished and unpaid wars off on the democrats.

    May 28, 2012 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  24. Marie MD

    Nothing new here. The military has always been more red than blue.
    @Granny, you poor old soul. The Kola bishop is the one who wants to go to war with Russia and Iran and North Korea and any other country that dares blink first.
    The only reason teapublikans want to continue wars (were, thanks to the shrub, so many died for lies) is so that companies like Halliburton (or whatever it's called now) and others like it continue to make money for the likes of war criminal cheney.

    May 28, 2012 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  25. Conan

    Well Democrats pander to their base which hates the military. So the military gravitates to the Republicans.

    May 28, 2012 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
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