May 31, 2005--Sixty-seven percent (67%) of
Americans have a favorable opinion of the U.S. military. A Rasmussen
Reports survey found that just 16% have an unfavorable opinion.
A separate release showed that 49% of
they will do something special to "celebrate
Memorial Day and
honor those who have given their life for our country."
Support is especially high among those with
a close friend or relative who gave their life while serving in the
military. Seventy-eight percent (78%) of those who have suffered such
a loss have a favorable opinion of our nation's armed forces. Just 11%
have an unfavorable view.
Seventy-five percent (75%) of men have a
favorable opinion of the military along with 59% of women.
Favorable opinions are held by 79% of
Republicans, 60% of Democrats and 58% of those not affiliated with either
Generationally, favorable opinions of the
military were lowest among those under 30 (61%) and highest among those
Investors (70% favorable) have a slightly more
positive view than non-Investors (64%).
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This survey of 1,000 Adults was
conducted by Rasmussen Reports May 28-29, 2005. The margin of
sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of