Friday, December 10, 2021

Survey: Americans with High Confidence in U.S. Military Drops 11 Percentage Points; U.S. Military Loses Public Trust as it Pushes Into Politics

Survey: Americans with High Confidence in U.S. Military Drops 11 Percentage Points:
Americans with a great deal of confidence in the U.S. military dropped a staggering 11 percentage points from February under Commander in Chief Joe Biden, according to a survey released Friday by the Ronald Reagan Institute.
The Reagan National Defense Survey showed that the percentage of Americans having a great deal of trust and confidence in the U.S. military is only 45 percent — the first time that number has dropped below 50 percent since the survey was first conducted in 2018. It is also a steep drop from 56 percent in February 2021.
The institute said in its summary, “Almost a year into the Biden Administration and a few months removed from the Afghanistan withdrawal, the American people are equivocal and unsure about U.S. global leadership and military capabilities.”
The drop continues a trend — though not as precipitous — of declining American confidence in the U.S. military, which stood at 70 percent in 2018.
According to a summary by the institute, confidence has fallen among Republicans by 34 points, among Independents by 28 points, and among Democrats by 17 points since 2018.
While the military is still at the top of America’s trusted institutions, the trend of declining trust is occurring more rapidly for the military than for other public institutions such as law enforcement, the presidency, the Supreme Court, Congress, and the news media, according to the summary. --->READ MORE HERE
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U.S. military loses public trust as it pushes into politics:
Slide accelerates under Biden after long period of approval
The U.S. military, once one of the few public institutions with a strong reservoir of public trust, is losing its standing after politicization in the ranks, a chaotic end to an unsatisfying war in Afghanistan and growing public doubts that American forces can deal with the security and economic threats of a rising China.
Only 45% of the American people have a “great deal of confidence” in the military, according to a poll released Wednesday by the California-based Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute. That amounted to a 25 percentage point drop since 2018, the year of the first National Defense Survey.
President Trump had a rocky relationship with military leaders and advisers, but pollsters noted an 11-point drop since February and the start of the Biden administration. Trust in the military is declining across all major demographic subgroups, including age, gender and party affiliation.
“When President Reagan first took office, Americans were concerned that we were falling behind our adversaries abroad and pessimistic about their situation at home. This survey tells us they feel similarly today,” Roger Zakheim, director of the Ronald Reagan Institute, said in a statement.
The researchers interviewed more than 2,500 adults across the U.S. from Oct. 25 through Nov. 7. The estimated margin of error for the entire sample of respondents is about 1.9 percentage points, pollsters said. --->READ MORE HERE
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