Military community weighs in: Johnson wins Commander-in-Chief poll

MilitaryVotesMatter (powered by MilitaryOneClick), Doctrine Man, We Are The Mighty, and Got Your 6 teamed up to offer a non-partisan poll to the military and veteran communities to better gauge where military-connected registered voters currently stand for the Presidential election.

This poll is not meant to reflect the views of the entire military community population or the entire electorate, but instead was conducted around the IAVA/NBC Commander-in-Chief Forum held on Tuesday, September 7th.

The poll was made up of 4 questions, all confidential, and none of which were tied to any identifying information. Respondents were asked the state in which they are registered to vote, who they would currently vote for, their military branch affiliation, and their affiliation within the military community.

The poll opened on September 7th and closed at midnight on Saturday, September 10th. There were over 1,300 participants from across the country.  

The survey included the major party candidates Hillary Clinton (Democratic) and Donald Trump (Republican), as well as Gary Johnson (Libertarian), Dr. Jill Stein (Green), and Darrell Castle (Constitution). Respondents also were able to select “Undecided” or write in another option.

Overall, Gary Johnson led the poll with 36% of the total vote. Donald Trump received 30% and Hillary Clinton, 24%. Stein and Castle each garnered less than 1% of the vote.   

55% of the respondents have worn or are currently wearing the uniform ( with 15% still active duty), while 45% were family members.

Among active duty members Johnson had a significant lead with 53% and Clinton and Trump tied at 20%; however among family members of active duty members, Trump received 39% of the vote, Clinton 30%, and Johnson 21%.  

The top five states that most votes came from host large military bases and have a significant active duty and veteran population. Those states were: Virginia, Texas, Florida, California and North Carolina. Clinton led Virginia voters, while Trump led in California, Texas, and North Carolina and Johnson had the most votes in Florida.

The largest group of respondents were affiliated with the Army at 44% of the total vote. The Air Force and Navy each had 20%, Marine Corps had 14%, and Coast Guard had 1%.   

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10 Replies to “Military community weighs in: Johnson wins Commander-in-Chief poll”

  1. Why only 55%? Why such a high % granted to family members? This might make this poll seem skewed as military families might not want to have involvement in foreign wars because they are biased that they want their soldiers to come home and not have participated at all. Don’t get me wrong. I’m a HUGE Gary supporter but I want to see 100% polled of actual military personnel, not such a high percentage of their families… I’m looking at this from an outsider’s perspective of this poll and your pool of this particular pole should have been higher with actual military personnel and ideally with a more dispersed ratio across the service branches. I’m an Army veteran. 2004 OIF.

    1. Hi Kelly–
      To answer your question, the poll was available to anyone who wished to take it and was publicized through a variety of organizations that serve all aspects of the military and veteran communities: active duty, Reserves, National Guard, veterans, and families.
      Thanks!

  2. Not a lot of details here on the poll – did you have to provide a working email address to get your vote counted. I have seen these polls that college students voted hundreds of times to name bridges and other things – I never trust on-line polls for this reason.

  3. Scott F. Nichols says:

    I’m happy to hear this, but who gets polled in these things? I am an OIF Veteran, active on the internet and I never hear about these polls until they are over. When I heard about which polls were being looked at for inclusion in the presidential debates, I intentionally sought them out and tried to take them and I couldn’t. I just hope we can get Johnson in the White House.

  4. Diane O'Connor says:

    So the military prefers a man who believes babies should be vaccinated at gunpoint?

    1. George Carpenter says:

      Diane, the military is very keen on vaccinations. Oh, you got yours yesterday?
      Not according to this paperwork.
      Get back in line or I might forget to check you off, and we’ll see you again, tomorrow.

      IF you’re referring to Gary Johnson? His statement in Concord, NH on mandatory vaccination was:
      “Maybe if President and the Zombie Apocalypse was upon us, I’d mandate vaccinations. I’ve had my own children vaccinated, but that’s a matter of parental choice.”

      For those who worry about that unvaccinated child? Homeschool is a choice as well. Personally, I’m from the era when you were vaccinated against Polio, Tuberculosis, Tetanus and Diphtheria.
      Measles, Mumps, and Chicken Pox, were expected rights of passage.

      Personally, I’m more concerned with children born to addicted households, raised by addicted parents.
      Alcohol, Meth, Heroin, Crack – what doesn’t matter – each is more harmful to that child, than most childhood diseases.

    2. Diane, no offense, but that’s not Gary’s position; that’s the media’s and his opponent’s spin on his position.

      Congrats. You fell for it. And by doing so you’ll obviously be once again voting inside of the pathetic, corrupt, duopoly system that we should be ridding of during this election cycle.

    3. Michelle Powell says:

      Not his position at all, Diane O’Connor. Where’d you hear that?

    4. @Diane O’Connor can you cite an instance when Johnson said this? As far as I aware, mandated vaccinations are neither part of the Libertarian platform nor that of Johnson. I think this only underscores why Johnson needs to be in the debates. Both Clinton and Trump, through the highly publicized primaries have had plenty of opportunity to speak their positions to the public. Johnson on the other hand has yet to be granted that venue.

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