An overwhelming majority of Republican and Independent “likely voters” consider Joe Biden to be a weaker commander-in-chief than his predecessors, and they are joined by 24 percent of likely Democrat voters, according to a newly-released Rasmussen survey.
The same poll found 86 percent of likely voters are concerned that the current hostilities between Israel and Gaza “will lead to a major war in the Middle East.” Only 11 percent of survey respondents do not believe the conflict will result in a Middle East war.
Rasmussen conducted the survey of 888 U.S. Likely Voters on Oct. 23-25. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence, the veteran polling firm said.
According to Rasmussen, “Fifty-two percent (52%) think that, compared to most recent presidents, Biden is a weaker commander in chief for the military, down from 56% in April 2022. Twenty-nine percent (29%) now believe Biden is a stronger commander in chief than most recent presidents, while 15% say Biden is about the same as most recent presidents as a military leader.”
For contrast, the Rasmussen poll found that 51 percent of Democrats think Biden is a stronger commander-in-chief than most recent presidents, but only 15 percent of Republicans and 20 percent of Independents agree. Sixteen percent of survey respondents are military veterans, Rasmussen said, adding, “There is not much difference between the opinion of military veterans and other respondents on these questions.
“ Fifty-two percent (52%) of veterans view Biden as a weaker commander in chief than most of his recent predecessors,” Rasmussen reported.
Eighty-two percent of current or former military service members are at least somewhat concerned that the Israel-Gaza conflict could spark a wider Mideast war, the survey revealed.
Another revelation of the survey is, “Older voters are more likely to be concerned about the possibility of a major war in the Middle East, and also more likely to think Biden is a weaker commander in chief.”