Voters see Donald Trump as a stronger military leader than Hillary Clinton, but most think they’ll be less safe no matter which of them wins the White House in November.
A new RallyPoint/Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of 1,000 likely voters finds that 52 percent would feel less safe with Clinton, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, as commander in chief of the U.S. armed forces. Slightly more (54 percent) say they’d feel less safe if Trump, the likely Republican nominee, is commander in chief instead.
But 33 percent say they’d feel more safe with Trump in charge of the U.S. military, compared to only 20 percent who feel that way about Clinton. Twenty-six percent say having Clinton in charge would make no difference in their feeling of safety, but just 9 percent say that about having Trump as commander in chief.
Only 37 percent of Democrats say they would feel safer with Clinton in charge of the armed forces versus 58 percent of GOP voters who would feel safer with Trump in command. Among unaffiliated voters, just over half would feel less safe with either one as commander in chief, but these voters are also more than twice as likely to say they’d feel safer with Trump at the helm rather than Clinton.