U.S. President Barack Obama.(Reuters / Kevin Lamarque)
President Barack Obama was never the most popular commander-in-chief among the military, but a new poll shows his support has all but cratered. Meanwhile, his general approval rating moved upwards among the public, but still remained below 50 percent.
According to a new poll conducted by the Military Times, only 15 percent of active-duty service members approve of President Obama’s performance as commander-in-chief. That’s quite the drop from 35 percent in 2009. Meanwhile, 55 percent of respondents said they disapproved, up from 40 percent in the same time span.
The numbers were tabulated after the Military Times asked approximately 2,300 service members to submit their opinions on the president.
The publication also found that troop morale has plunged since 2009. Fifty-fix percent of troops said their quality of life is good or excellent, down from 91 percent.
Despite his plunging approval rating among troops, more service members have come out in support of the social changes that President Obama is implementing in the military. Gay men and women have been allowed to serve openly since “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” was repealed in 2011, and now 60 percent of troops support the policy.
By RT News
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