Support for Republicans among folks in the armed services is down sharply since the Bush years, reports
the Washington Times
. That's based on an annual survey by Military Times
showing that just over a third of those polled now support the GOP, "down from nearly a half in 2006."
According to the report, MT
believes the decline is at least partially due to the influence of "pro-isolationist" sentiments among Tea Partiers, along with their eagerness to cut all budgets, including those slated for defense.
"Republicans kind of used to be seen as the party that took care of the military," said one Army sergeant who believes the GOP is ditching this traditional role.
But while support for Republicans is down, self-styled conservatism is not: "A plurality... continue to describe themselves as 'conservative' or 'very conservative.'"
Via the Washington Times and Military Times