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Monday, November 10, 2008

Veterans Day IS One of Our Most Important Holidays

Few are willing to sacrifice one's tomorrows for our nation today. But those who do are prized beyond measure for what they mean to America.

79% Have High Regard for U.S. Military This Veterans Day

rasmussenreports.com Rasmussenreports.com – Mon Nov 10, 8:53 am ET

Seventy-nine percent (79%) of Americans have a favorable opinion of the U.S. military, and 45% regard Veterans Day as one of the nation's most important holidays. The military's favorability rating is up eight points from a Rasmussen Reports survey for Veterans Day a year ago.

Just nine percent (9%) have an unfavorable view of the military, and 12% are undecided, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey.

One-out-of-three (34%) say they have close friends or relatives who have given their lives while serving in the U.S. military.

Only seven percent (7%) say Veterans Day is one of our least important holidays, with 46% rating it somewhere in between the least important and most important holidays.

Fifty-five percent (55%) of Republicans say Veterans Day is one of our most important holidays, but just 40% of Democrats and unaffiliated voters agree.

More women under age 40 (45%) consider the holiday to be important than men under 40 (18%). Twenty-two percent (22%) of men under 40 rate Veterans Day as one of our least important holidays.

Only 19% say they have served in the U.S. military, including one-third (33%) of men and six percent (6%) of women. Just 15% of Republicans, 18% of Democrats and 25% of unaffiliated voters say they have had military service.

Twenty-eight percent (28%) of African-Americans say they have been in the military, compared to 16% of whites.

Forty percent (40%) of men, including 52% of men under age 40 -- and 28% of women say they have had close friends or relatives who lost their lives in military service.

Sixty-five percent (65%) of blacks have close friends or relatives who were killed while serving in the military, compared to 29% of whites.

Ninety-six percent (96%) of Republicans have a favorable view of the U.S. military, as do 72% of unaffiliated voters and 69% of Democrats. Eighty-two percent (82%) of whites and 74% of blacks agree.

The older the voter, the more favorable their view of the military tends to be.

Forty-three percent (43%) say they plan to do something special on Veterans Day to honor those who have given their lives for our country, while 36% do not. Twenty-one percent (21%) are undecided.

Fifty-four percent (54%) of Republicans, 41% of Democrats and 33% of unaffiliated voters plan to do something special on the holiday. So do 43% of whites and 47% of African-Americans.

Pluralities of men over age 40 (46%) and women under 40 (48%) plan something special on Veterans Day in honor of those who have given their lives for our country.

This national telephone survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted by Rasmussen Reports November 6-7, 2008. The margin of sampling error for the survey is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.

Rasmussen Reports is an electronic publishing firm specializing in the collection, publication, and distribution of public opinion polling information.
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