#1 Obama's popularity falls to record low among US troops. Why? (+video) by Rev 24.12.2014 12:34

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Obama's popularity falls to record low among US troops. Why? (+video)

Only 15 percent of US active-duty service members approve of President Obama's job as commander-in-chief, according to an annual Military Times survey. What's behind American troop dissatisfaction?

By Husna Haq, Correspondent December 22, 2014

If President Obama's approval ratings have slipped with the general population, they have plummeted to record lows within one segment of the population: the US military.

Only 15 percent of active-duty service members approve of Mr. Obama's job as commander-in-chief, according to an annual Military Times survey, and more than half – 55 percent – say they disapprove of his job. The president has never been a very popular commander-in-chief among troops, but these numbers reflect a record low for Obama. His first year in office he enjoyed a relatively high 35-percent approval rating.

Compare that to his approval rating in the general population, which is far higher, though still slumping: In the most recent CNN/ORC poll, Obama had a 44 percent approval rating among Americans.

"[O]ne thing is clear," writes the Military Times. "He is a deep[ly] unpopular commander in chief among the troops."

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#2 RE: Obama's popularity falls to record low among US troops. Why? (+video) by Cyber Liberty 24.12.2014 15:20

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One reason: More than half of American troops believe they are underpaid today. In 2009, 87 percent of service members rated their pay and allowance as good or excellent; today, just 44 percent do so.

For good reason, reports the Military Times.

"Congress just approved, at the request of the Pentagon and the White House, a 1 percent basic pay raise the for the troops next year," writes the publication, attributing it in part, to sequestration. "[That's] the second straight year of such a raise, constituting the two smallest annual increases in the 41-year history of the all-volunteer force."



I work for a large multinational company, and I recognize what Obama's doing here. He's trying to drive up the attrition rate because he wants a smaller military. He took some heat when they started handing out pink slips to people who hadn't even returned from theater yet. It would be so much better if soldiers just got pissed at the brass and refused to re-up. IOW, we're seeing SOP from this White House: "In yo' face, chump!"

#3 RE: Obama's popularity falls to record low among US troops. Why? (+video) by Cincinnatus 24.12.2014 15:25

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A study now needs to be done to determine why it's so high.

#4 RE: Obama's popularity falls to record low among US troops. Why? (+video) by Cyber Liberty 24.12.2014 15:29

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I'm thinking 15% of the military is black. Actually, it's probably a higher percentage than that so we may have spotted the first group of blacks to be against The Won.

I do know people all through the services are unhappy with things, besides the issues with deployments. Messing with duty shifts, for example.

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