According to a new Military Times survey of 1,800 troops released on Monday, the number of active service members identifying themselves as Republicans has dropped by one-third since 2004, with 9% of that decrease happening in the last year.
Military Times reporter Brendan McGarry pens that “These career-oriented officers and mid-grade and senior enlisted members are still far more conservative than liberal, but they are less likely today to identify with the GOP, the survey shows.”
The change in party affiliation among active-duty troops comes on the heels of similar findings from a survey that the Military Times released in 2008. Infantry Officer Jason Dempsey pens on a similar change observed among troops from 2004 to 2006:
“These Military Times survey results show that support for the Republican Party among senior members of the Army, the group most likely to identify as Republican, declined significantly between 2004 and 2006 before leveling off at about 49% in 2007. Also interesting is that the data show no corresponding change in support for the Democratic Party.”