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Most Approve of Former General Heading Defense Department

Monday, December 12, 2016

Some Trump opponents have questioned the president-elect’s decision to include several former top military officers in his Cabinet including one as secretary of Defense, but most voters don’t have a problem with that call.

Sixty-one percent (61%) of Likely U.S. Voters favor making a retired military general the secretary of Defense. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that only 21% oppose that decision, while 18% are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 Likely U.S. Voters was conducted on December 8 and 11, 2016 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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