President Obama’s approval rating among active-duty service members has plummeted to 15 percent this year, according to a new poll, which showcases the military’s high level of distrust of the commander in chief.
A new Military Times survey of those now serving in the military found that Obama’s approval rating has dropped from 35 percent in 2009 to just 15 percent today.
Active military members are generally more conservative, but the poll’s findings are certainly jarring for the White House.
The president has brought major changes to the armed forces, including the ending of “don’t ask, don’t tell” and the prohibition of women serving in combat roles. He’s also criticized the pervasiveness of sexual assault in the military.
And Obama has attempted to lessen the U.S. military footprint in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The poll found growing acceptance of the president’s individual policies but disapproval of Obama’s overall performance.
The survey of 2,300 active-duty service members found that Obama’s disapproval rating has increased to 55 percent, up from 40 percent in 2009.