Public confidence in the US military at lowest point in two decades, Republicans drive decline

Republicans are driving a steep decline in confidence in the U.S. military, even though the political demographic remains the most confident in comparison to Democrats and Independents.

That’s according to a new Gallup poll that shows just 60% of the country feels good about the military, which is the lowest point in two decades.

“At 60%, confidence in the military was last this low in 1997, and it hasn’t been lower since 1988, when 58% were confident,” the polling outfit reported. “From the late 1970s to the early 1980s — during the Cold War and amid threats to U.S. power, including the Iran hostage crisis — between 50% and 58% of Americans were confident in the military.”

“Confidence generally improved during Ronald Reagan’s presidency in the 1980s,” Gallup noted. “It then surged after the Gulf War victory (to a record-high 85% in 1991) and again after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Confidence generally held above 70% for the next two decades, until dipping to 69% in 2021 and declining further since then, following the poorly executed exit from Afghanistan.”

Since President Biden took office, Republican confidence in the military dropped off significantly — there have been a number of reports of the madness of woke infecting the branches of the military, including allowing drag queens on some bases. Transgenderism is now warmly embraced by the Biden administration.

“Throughout nearly all of the past 48 years, Republicans have been the most likely to express confidence in the military, and they remain so today — but the rate has declined by over 20 percentage points in three years, from 91% to 68%,” Gallup reported. “Independents’ confidence has dropped nearly as much — by 13 points, from 68% to 55% — and now independents have less confidence than Democrats do. While Democrats’ confidence rating did rise after President Joe Biden assumed office, those gains have disappeared in the past year.”

The polling agency also asserted that with the U.S. completely out of Iraq and Afghanistan, confidence in the military has continued to decline among the public.

The poll was conducted via telephone interviews from June 1-22 with a random sample of 1,013 adults from all 50 U.S. states and Washington, D.C. The margin of error is about 4 percentage points.

Former U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley responded to the survey to offer her reasons why American confidence in the military is so low:  “Joe Biden lets China walk all over America. Biden’s focus on gender pronoun classes instead of military readiness.  Biden’s botched Afghanistan withdrawal.”

The Washington Free Beacon reported on recruitment shortfalls, citing woke policies.

“Retired Army captain Jeremy Hunt and other experts told Congress in March that the administration’s focus on ‘Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) training’ caused the Army to fall ‘a historic 15,000 soldiers short of its recruitment goal,’ the Free Beacon reported, with Hunt saying U.S. servicemembers are forced to complete “11-week resident DEI training classes.”

While the Chinese military grows, Hunt said DEI programs and other “woke” initiatives have “left our military unfocused, untrained, unmanned, and unprepared for combat.”


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