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However, almost 16% had no opinion or declined to answer this question—the only question that induced such a response. This is perhaps the most revealing aspect of this survey. This is certainly due to the fact that few people surveyed felt comfortable expressing their true feelings about the one subject that really gets to the heart of the matter in Iraq. Is the war in Iraq going well or not? Only the troops on the ground can really answer that question, and very few of them were a part of this study. Typical (sneer).
This is a very hollow survey. It is not scientific at all and is instead it is made up of selected troops: “The surveyed group is older, higher in rank and more career-oriented than the military as a whole. Junior enlisted troops in particular are underrepresented in the group that responded,” admits the Army Times. Bottom line—it does not at all represent and accurate picture of the military. Almost half of those questioned were officers—who only make up about 15% of the military. This poll really denigrates the role of the enlisted men in the voting process.
Also, almost 2/3rds of those questioned had NOT served a tour in Iraq or Afghanistan and only about 7% are in Iraq or Afghanistan now. This didn’t stop the Army Times from putting it on their front page though. If you can’t do it right, why do it all? I guess the Army Times couldn’t resist getting involved in the November election. They got involved—with a serious expense to the quality of their piece.