Poll: Voters back Sanders as the next commander in chief
Who do Americans think would be the most trustworthy person to lead the nation’s military? The answer may surprise you. According to a new Reuters/Ipsos poll, the highest-scoring candidate for the post is Democrat Bernie Sanders, who wins a total of 38 percent of those surveyed among Democrats, Republicans and independents. Hillary Clinton also beats out her Republican rivals, placing second with 31 percent overall.
Among Democrats, Sanders and Clinton won roughly similar support within the poll’s margin of error (61 percent and 57 percent respectively.)
Republicans, meanwhile, don’t seem to be fazed by the latest scuffles at Donald Trump’s rallies. with a majority of polled party members still thinking front-runner Trump would make the best head of the armed forces–and, by implication, the next president.
When Democrats and independents were added to the mix, a smaller total of 26 percent overall supported Trump leading the armed forces.
Reuters asked the commander-in-chief question a second time in this election cycle to see if there was a change as Trump continued to express his admiration for Russian leader Vladimir Putin, Trump’s embrace of water boarding as an interrogation technique and his threats to “take out” the families of suspected militants.
The answer: Republicans are even more trusting of Trump as commander in chief than they were in December. According to the Reuters/Ipsos poll from March 10-13, 51 percent of Republicans say they’d trust him in the position, compared with 41 percent for Ted Cruz, 30 percent for Marco Rubio and 29 percent for John Kasich.
When we asked the question in December, 42 percent of Republicans said they’d trust Trump, compared with 35 percent for Cruz, 32 percent for Rubio and 12 percent for Kasich. Both polls included more than 600 Republicans and have a credibility interval, a measure of accuracy, of about 4.5 percentage points.