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Skepticism of Civilian Control of the Military

Many more Americans than I would have suspected take a dim view of civilian control over the military:

a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 44% of U.S. voters think civilian control of the military is good for the country.

Twenty-eight percent (28%) think it’s a bad idea to have civilians with the final say over military leaders. Another 28% are not sure which course is best.

As for the partisan break out:

A plurality (44%) of Democrats and 50% of voters not affiliated with either major party believe civilian control of the military is a good idea. Republican voters are almost evenly divided over the concept.

Just prior to the president’s meeting with McChrystal, 44% of voters said Obama is doing a good or excellent job handling national security issues, while 36% rated his performance in this area as poor.