A new poll from CNN/Opinion Research is the best we’ve seen to date bearing out this point. The poll asks Americans to identify themselves as either hawks or doves — hawks being someone “who believes that military force should be used frequently to promote U.S. policy” and doves being those who think “the U.S. should rarely or never use military force.”
Overall, it’s close, with 50 percent picking the doves and 45 percent picking the hawks.
Among Republicans, though, it is decidedly not close. About seven in 10 (69 percent) say they are hawks, while just one-quarter (25 percent) side with the doves. That’s nearly three-to-one.