• Mitt Romney Leads Big with Male Veterans

    Over the years, U.S. military veterans have given us so much: They won us our independence as a sovereign nation. They delivered us safety and security and peace of mind in times of doubt. They gave us countless victories and two-hundred-plus years of unparalleled prosperity. They imparted upon us some of their bravest and most capable men and women to serve to the union as not merely political but also spiritual leaders.

    And now it appears as though they just might give us President Mitt Romney, as well. I'm not sure, but I think that might make us even

    U.S. veterans, about 13% of the adult population and consisting mostly of older men, support Mitt Romney over Barack Obama for president by 58% to 34%, while nonveterans give Obama a four-percentage-point edge…

    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. It turns out that the male skew for Romney is driven almost entirely by veterans

    The small percentage of female veterans in the U.S., in contrast to their male counterparts, do not differ significantly in their presidential vote choice from the vast majority of women who are not veterans.

    I'm not a veteran; I've never seen anything like the reality of war, and I don't think I'd hold up very well if I ever did. Actually, I'm still a little traumatized from one particularly brutal game of paintball I played a few years ago. I have the utmost respect for veterans, and I am so so so happy that there are people out there as brave as them out there willing to protect people like me. I can't even imagine living under such awful conditions. But they can, because they have. They lived it, and the lucky ones survived it.

    You know, come to think of it, I wonder if that has anything to so with why they're so willing to live through another eight years with a Republican president.

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    Tags: Barack Obama, Military, Mitt Romney, Polls

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