Saturday, October 16, 2004

An interesting study

The Annenberg Public Policy Center released a study recently of how the way the military feel about the direction the country is going.

America’s military service men and women and their families are convinced that the country is going in the right direction, like George W. Bush much more than the civilian population does, support the war in Iraq more strongly and are more positive about the economy, the University of Pennsylvania’s National Annenberg Election Survey shows.

It also says
On particular traits, the military sample gave Bush an advantage on caring, leadership, sharing their values, knowledge, consistency and optimism. They did consider Bush more stubborn. When asked whom they would trust more to handle the responsibility of commander-in-chief, 69 percent of the military sample preferred Bush to 24 percent for Kerry. The civilian group also preferred Bush, but by only a 50 to 41 percent majority. When asked if the country was “going in the right direction” or was “seriously off on the wrong track,” 64 percent of the military sample said “right track” and 31 percent said “wrong direction.” In the general population a majority said “wrong track”; 55 percent took that view compared to
37 percent who said “right direction.” On all four of these measures, there were almost no differences between regular military
respondents and those who served in the guard and reserves. Family members were less
supportive of Bush than their active duty relatives. Families of guard and reserve members were the least supportive, but even in that last group narrow majorities took his side. There was little difference based on the rank of service members, although commissioned officers and NCOs and their families were slightly more supportive than junior enlisted members and their families.

3-1 support the President over Kerry. This should say something to people out there. These are the men and women putting on the line everyday. They are the ones who see what is going on, they see the truth of the situation and not just what we are told.

There was another interesting finding in this study
A partial explanation for the pro-Bush tilt of the military sample was that they were considerably more Republican than the general population. Forty-three percent called themselves Republican, 19 percent called themselves Democrats and 28 percent said they were independents. While the party identification of respondents in national polls moves around a bit from week to week, this was strikingly more Republican than the general population in the September 27-October 3 sample. There, 28 percent called themselves Republican, 34 percent Democratic and 27 percent
independent.
But this Republican partisanship explained only some but not all of the differences, because on many questions the Republican service members were more pro-Bush than their civilian fellow partisans. Independents in the military sample, when compared to civilians, were also more pro-Bush. For example, 94 percent of Republicans in the military sample approved of Bush’s handling of his job as president, compared to 88 percent of civilian Republicans. Among Democrats, 23 percent of those in the military sample approved, while 20 percent in the general population did.
Among independents, 59 percent of those in the military sample approved while just 48 percent of those in the general population did.
The military sample was split on whether Bush had a clear plan for a solution in Iraq, with 47 percent saying he had a plan and 48 percent saying he lacked a plan. But he rated better with them than with the general population, where 38 percent said he had a plan and 56 percent said he did not. While the military sample was more likely than the general public to credit Bush with having an Iraq plan, it was less likely than the public to believe Kerry had one. Eighteen percent of the
military sample said Kerry had a clear Iraq plan, while 72 percent said he did not have one. In the general public, 34 percent said Kerry had a plan and 54 percent said he did not.

While they still have questions about the hadling of the war, they still overwhelmingly supprt the President.

This is a very intersting study. If you are still undecided, take a look at what the people who are fighting for you have to say.

Table A

% Military Sample General Public 9/27-
10/3

Do you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling his job as President?
Approve 67% 49%
Disapprove 29% 49%

Please tell me if your opinion of George W. Bush is favorable or unfavorable.
Favorable 69% 49%
Unfavorable 23% 41%

Please tell me if your opinion of John Kerry is favorable or unfavorable.
Favorable 29% 44%
Unfavorable 54% 37%

Do you feel things in this country are generally going in the right direction, or do you think things are seriously off on the wrong track?
Right direction 64% 37%
Wrong track 31% 55%

Do you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling the nation’s economy?
Approve 60% 42%
Disapprove 36% 55%

Now I’d like to talk to you about the state of the economy. How would you rate economic conditions in this country today?
Excellent or good 45% 25%
Fair or poor 55% 75%

How would you rate your own personal economic situation today?
excellent or good 61% 48%
Fair or poor 39% 52%

All in all, do you think the situation in Iraq was worth going to war over, or not?
Yes, worth it 64% 45%
No, not worth it 32% 51%

Has the war in Iraq reduced the risk of terrorism against the United States or increased the risk of terrorism against the United States?
Reduced the risk of terrorism 47% 34%
Increased the risk of terrorism 42% 53%
Made no difference 9% 8%

Do you think George W. Bush has a clear plan for bringing the situation in Iraq to a successful conclusion, or don't you think so?
Has a clear plan 47% 38%
Does not have a clear plan 48% 56%

Do you think John Kerry has a clear plan for bringing the situation in Iraq to a successful conclusion, or don't you think so?
Has a clear plan 18% 34%
Does not have a clear plan 72% 54%

As a result of the George W. Bush presidency, in general, how well regarded is the United States by countries around the world?
Better than before he came into office 19% 16%
Worse than before he came into office 42% 52%
No different than before he came into office 35% 28%

Who do you trust more to handle the responsibilities of commander in chief of the military: George W.Bush or John Kerry?
George W. Bush 69% 50%
John Kerry 24% 41%

Think about this folks, these are some serious numbers in support of Bush. There has to be a reason why. Since these folks know what's going on in the world, I think it would be wise to take the time and read this entire study.