Poll: Trump's strength with military families persists after Atlantic article

Morning Consult daily tracking conducted Sept. 6-8 found Trump leading Biden by 10 percentage points, 52 percent to 42 percent, among 2,711 likely voters in military households — those who said they are, or live with, an active-duty service member or veteran. But his advantage with the group has decreased since the 2016 election, when he won military-affiliated voters by 18 points, 57 percent to 39 percent, according to Morning Consult exit polling.

The latest polling comes after The Atlantic published a Sept. 3 article citing four sources who said the president referred to people who died in wars as “losers” and “suckers.” The White House and former administration officials have strongly refuted the piece, though elements of it were also confirmed by reporting from Fox News and The Associated Press. Trump’s advantage with the group is statistically unchanged from responses gathered Aug. 31 through Sept. 2, when he led Biden by 9 points.

Trump leads by 22 points among white respondents, who make up the bulk of the sample of military households, while Biden has a 35-point edge with voters in military households of color. Trump also leads among men and respondents older than 45, while the two candidates split the youngest voters and women almost evenly. (These figures were largely stable between the two polls.)

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