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81% Share a Favorable Opinion of U.S. Military

Tomorrow is Veterans Day, a holiday to honor those who have died to defend this country, and Americans continue to hold the U.S. military in very high regard.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that 81% of Adults view the U.S. military favorably. Just eight percent (8%) have an unfavorable opinion of the military, while 11% are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

The favorable finding is identical to what we found last Veterans Day, but is up 10 points from 2007.

By comparison, 89% of Americans view small business owners and those who start their own business favorably, while 74% hold a favorable opinion of pastors and religious leaders. Members of Congress are lowest on a list of nine professions with just 23% with a favorable opinion.

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The survey of 1,000 Adults nationwide was conducted on November 8-9, 2010 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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