A new Gallup poll shows former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney leading President Barack Obama 58-34 among U.S. veterans.
U.S. veterans make up about 13 percent of the adult population and consist mostly of older men, according to the report. In fact, 24 percent of all adult males are veterans, compared to the 2 percent of adult women in the U.S.
“Obama and Romney are tied overall at 46% apiece among all registered voters in this sample. Men give Romney an eight-point edge, while women opt for Obama over Romney by seven points,” Gallup reports.
“It turns out that the male skew for Romney is driven almost entirely by veterans. Romney leads by one point among nonveteran men, contrasted with the 28-point edge Romney receives among male veterans,” the report adds.
However, female veterans “do not differ significantly in their presidential vote choice from the vast majority of women who are not veterans,” Gallup’s Frank Newport writes.
So what’s the bottom line? Gallup explains the political implications of its latest report:
Veterans in the U.S. today are mostly male and two-thirds are aged 50 or older. In a population that is currently evenly split in its preferences for Barack Obama or Mitt Romney for president, veterans stand out for their 24-point preference for Romney. About a fourth of men are veterans, and it is their strong skew toward Romney that essentially creates the GOP candidate’s leading position among men today. Among nonveteran men, Obama and Romney are essentially tied.
Why do you suppose there’s such a strong preference for the former Massachusetts governor? Why do U.S. vets support him over the president?
Gallup has a few theories:
Men who serve in the military may become socialized into a more conservative orientation to politics as a result of their service. Additionally, men who in the last decades have chosen to enlist in the military may have a more Republican orientation to begin with.
But are these the only reasons?
(H/T: Drudge Report)