NEW POLL: Majority of veterans assist much less US navy engagement overseas, oppose struggle with Russia

ARLINGTON, Va.—Together with YouGov, Involved Veterans for America (CVA) on Monday launched its annual ballot…

ARLINGTON, Va.—Together with YouGov, Involved Veterans for America (CVA) on Monday launched its annual ballot of veterans, navy households, and most of the people, which gauges opinions on points similar to overseas coverage, federal spending, and veterans’ well being care.

The ballot discovered broad consensus among the many three teams surveyed on what America’s function on this planet needs to be, the way it ought to use the navy, and the way America may higher honor the sacrifice of our nation’s veterans.

CVA’s Deputy Director Russ Duerstine had this to say concerning the survey outcomes:

“The continued traits we have now been seeing over the previous few years aren’t shocking. At the same time as Individuals stay divided on many points, there stays a consensus on the necessity for a distinct method to American overseas coverage, the specter of our nationwide debt, and the worth of giving veterans extra management over their VA well being care advantages.  Elected coverage makers could be sensible to pay attention to these traits in public opinion and may really feel assured supporting daring insurance policies that re-shape American overseas coverage, safe our nation’s monetary future, and guarantee veterans have the well being care freedom they deserve.”

On overseas coverage, Individuals typically agree we needs to be much less engaged militarily on this planet and would assist the president if he had been to convey our troops residence from Iraq.

A majority of these polled assume we must always keep away from going to struggle with Russia, and there was additionally sturdy settlement that European NATO nations needs to be contributing extra to their very own protection, whereas the U.S. ought to lower its spending on overseas assist to different nations.

Duerstine added:

“Sadly, our veterans and navy households are those who’re burdened by our nation’s overseas coverage failures over the previous 20 years.

Like most Individuals, they perceive we don’t have to go to struggle in every single place there may be tumult on this planet, and we have to rethink our overseas coverage to make sure we’re serving American pursuits in the best and least expensive methods potential.”

Individuals typically agreed, too, when requested about veterans’ care and advantages. Whereas numbers hovered within the middling vary on most veterans’ points, there may be nonetheless a robust sense amongst these polled that veterans needs to be allowed to take their VA well being care advantages outdoors the VA to get care.

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Huge majorities throughout the board supported this concept, a pattern that has remained since CVA started polling on it in 2019. Notably, assist was equally sturdy throughout the teams for permitting veterans to get care outdoors the VA, even when it means the veteran may pay “a bit extra out of pocket.”

Moreover, on the standard of veterans’ well being care, most surveyed thought the care veterans get from the VA is at or under the extent of care most Individuals get pleasure from, with pluralities throughout all teams feeling the care veterans obtain from VA medical services is “typically worse” than that of most Individuals.

Duerstine continued:

“CVA has been combating for veterans to have higher entry to well being care and extra choices as to how and the place to entry it. The VA needs to be laser-focused on the veteran and doing the whole lot it might probably to take away any limitations to a veteran getting the care they deserve. As an alternative, we’re seeing a paperwork skirting the VA MISSION Act legislation in a self-serving train that’s denying veterans care or delaying their entry to care.

To take a look at these ballot numbers, one would assume this can be a no-brainer. We’re heartened to see higher curiosity and motion being taken by principled leaders in Congress, and we’ll proceed working with them and energizing our grassroots military to convey accountability and alter to honor the sacrifices of our nation’s bravest.”

How the federal authorities is spending taxpayer {dollars} was one other situation during which all teams demonstrated notably sturdy opinions. Huge majorities of all teams polled noticed the more-than-$29 trillion debt as a risk to nationwide safety, with massive parts contemplating it an “excessive risk.” Relating to navy spending particularly, Individuals had been typically divided, however a plurality mentioned it needs to be decreased.

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Key findings of the ballot embrace:


  • Broad opposition in opposition to going to struggle with Russia exists amongst all teams – 49% of the final inhabitants, 60% of veterans, and 52% of navy households. Of be aware is the variety of “undecided” respondents within the normal inhabitants pattern with 28%
  • A plurality or majority of all teams surveyed would assist a transfer by the president to withdrawal all troops from Iraq – 49% of the final inhabitants, 58% of the veterans, and 55% of the navy households.
  • A overwhelming majority of Individuals (82%) consider our navy engagement world wide needs to be diminished or keep about the identical. Solely 6% consider we needs to be extra engaged. Notably, the veterans (7%) and navy household (4%) populations are much less supportive of extra navy engagement than the final inhabitants (8%)
  • There’s sturdy settlement amongst all teams polled that European NATO nations have to spend extra on their very own protection – 52% of the final inhabitants, 80% of the veterans, and 63% of the navy households. Conversely, solely 4% of these polled assume they need to spend much less.


  • Huge majorities of veterans and navy households (87%) are in favor of letting veterans use their VA well being care advantages outdoors of the VA system. Solely 6% are against such a measure. Most of the people feels the identical approach, with 77% in favor of such insurance policies, and solely 4% in opposition.
  • There’s overwhelming assist (80%) of veterans who would favor utilizing their VA well being care advantages outdoors the VA even when it meant spending a bit extra out of pocket.
  • Basic emotions of the care and advantages veterans obtain from the VA is middling. Most surveyed thought the care veterans get from the VA is at or under the extent of care most Individuals get pleasure from, with pluralities throughout all teams feeling the care veterans obtain from VA medical services is “typically worse” than that of most Individuals.
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  • The proportion of veterans (74%) and navy households (68%) assume the nationwide debt is an excessive or considerably of a risk has elevated since 2021, and the share who view it as an “excessive risk” is important, clocking in at 37% of all the pattern.
  • Majorities of most of the people (55%), veterans (64%), and navy households (59%), say navy/protection spending needs to be decreased or saved the identical. This stage of assist has remained about the identical since 2019, but we have now not seen this sense represented in federal budgetary or spending actions in Washington.



Knowledge for 2022 was gathered by YouGov between January 27 – February 04, 2022. YouGov interviewed 2689 respondents who had been then matched all the way down to a pattern of 2400 to provide the ultimate dataset. The respondents had been matched to a sampling body on gender, age, race, and schooling. The body was constructed by stratified sampling from the complete 2019 American Group Survey (ACS) 1-year pattern with choice inside strata by weighted sampling with replacements (utilizing the individual weights on the general public use file).

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