Trump continues to be clear favorite among military voters

13News Now Mike Gooding has the story

NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- Donald Trump continues to be the clear choice of military voters.

According to a new Military Times poll of 2,500 active duty personnel, Trump enjoys a 2-to-1 advantage over Hillary Clinton, 40.5 percent to 20.6 percent.

In fact, Clinton even trails  Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson, who got 27 percent of the military vote.

ABC's Cokie Roberts isn't surprised.

"Active duty military have been very strongly Republican," she said. "And that is something that Democrats have tried at various times to address, by talking about such things working with military families and raising military pay and doing more for veterans... but it never seems to work. There's a perception that Republicans are stronger on defense and active duty military are always pro-Republican."

The Military Times poll follows  another survey, conducted by the Christopher Newport University's Judy Ford Wason Center in late September.

That poll found Trump leading Clinton among Virginia military households, 48 percent to 39 percent.

"He's winning decisively with the enlisted, but in terms of officers, Clinton is winning," said CNU political science professor Rachel Bitecofer.. "And that's education. It's the same divide we're seeing in the rest of the election. One of the biggest divides, other than party, is education level."

Bitecofer doubts the military vote will be enough to carry Trump to victory in Virginia.

"Certainly, Hampton Roads, the heavy military population here usually is part of the factor of why Virginia is competitive in presidential elections, at least since 2000," she said. "But this time, it's just not enough to offset the divide in the electorate."

In CNU's most recent poll of all voters in the state which came out on Monday, Clinton held a 15-point lead on Trump, 44 percent to 29 percent.


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