Tuesday, July 23, 2024

Public’s Confidence in Military Plummets Under Biden

'This administration seems to be willfully blinded by how its progressive ideals are affecting military readiness and recruitment... '

(Abdul–Rahman Oladimeji Bello, Headline USA) Under assault from a radical leftist agenda pushed by the Biden administration, the U.S. military is losing credibility with the country, evidenced by recent polling that showed the percentage of Americans who have confidence in the armed forces plunging to the lowest point in nearly three decades.

The precipitous decline spawned the political divide, but was most pronounced for Republicans, according to a recent Gallup poll. Overall, 60% of respondents to the poll, conducted June 1-22, expressed confidence in the military.

Since the end of President Donald Trump’s presidency, there has been a 23-point drop of Republicans confidence level in the military. Democrats have also not expressed much confidence in Biden’s military, as their level was reportedly higher under Trump than now.

Gallup summarized the poll’s results, writing, “At 60%, confidence in the military was last this low in 1997, and it hasn’t been lower since 1988, when 58% were confident. From the late 1970s to the early 1980s — during the Cold War and amid threats to U.S. power, including the Iran hostage crisis — between 50% and 58% of Americans were confident in the military.”

The outlet continued, “Confidence generally improved during Ronald Reagan’s presidency in the 1980s. It then surged after the Gulf War victory (to a record-high 85% in 1991) and again after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Confidence generally held above 70% for the next two decades, until dipping to 69% in 2021 and declining further since then, following the exit from Afghanistan.”

The general public isn’t alone in its diminishing confidence in a military under assault from the Biden administration’s leftist shift, pushing radical LGBT agendas and divisive racial politics into all military branches.

“This administration seems to be willfully blinded by how its progressive ideals are affecting military readiness and recruitment,” said House Border and Foreign Affairs Chairman Glenn Grothman, R-Wisc., who earlier this year expressed concerns over the military branches struggling, and in many cases failing, to meet retention and recruitment goals. In 2022, for example, the Army fell over 15,000 recruits short of a 60,000 target.

“The Biden Administration thinks that service members understanding ‘white rage’ – as recently described by General Mark Milley, our highest-ranking military official – is more important than promoting cohesiveness throughout the armed forces,” Grothman said.

As an example of the military’s struggle to earn recruits under Biden, even veterans are advising their children, who historically represents the majority of new recruits, to steer clear of service under the Biden regime.

“The United States military is the greatest fighting force in the world, but woke activists in the Biden Administration are undermining military readiness, cohesion and purpose,” Sen. Marco Rubio, R- Fla., said.

That has transferred to a drop in public faith, suggests the Gallup poll, which showed 50% of the respondents blamed the recent wokeness in Biden’s military for the reduced confidence.

Similarly, The 2022 Ronald Reagan Institute’s national defense survey found only 48% of respondents had “a great deal” of trust and confidence in the military, 22-point drop from the Institute’s first survey in 2018.

Headline USA’s Mark Pellin contributed to this report

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