In May of 2011, Gallup published poll results on active duty military personnel / veteran, and non-veteran approval of President Obama’s job performance. Not surprisingly, the job approval rating for President Obama was lower across all age groups for active military / veterans than it was for non-veterans. Gallup’s explanation for this marked difference seems particularly instructive:
“For younger, post-draft-era veterans, individuals with certain regional, demographic, or psychographic backgrounds may be more likely to be Republican and more likely to join the military. For older veterans, their service in the military may have led them to a more Republican viewpoint on politics, either during their service or in later years.”
In fact, Gallup published a 2009 poll that shows precisely this trend:
Assuming that a willingness to put oneself in harm’s way for one’s country is a strong indicator of patriotism, and that those who serve are more predisposed to hold conservative ideals, are conservatives inherently more patriotic than liberals?
The fair answer to this question is likely to depend on how one defines patriotism.
What say you?