Recent polls taken regarding the political views of members of the American military forces reveal an interesting shift from supporting the existing political parties to one of seeking another viewpoint. Those identifying themselves as Republicans made a dramatic drop from 60% to l41% while the number of military personnel who said they were independents nearly doubled to 31%. A little over 25% identify with the Democratic party. Since the end of World War II a greater number of members of the military have identified themselves as Republicans but the latest figure suggest this no longer is true. The shift might reflect growing disenchantment with both political parties.
Those supporting President Obama now number about half of respondents. A high percent revealed pessimistic views regarding the outcome of fighting in Afghanistan while an increasing number are more optimistic about the future of Iraq. In many respects, this coincides with most current polls of the American people.