Public opinion of militaries

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Militaries and their troops are held in high regard in the United States, where military officers are considered to have one of the most prestigious jobs.[1][2]

Public opinion by country[edit]

While military support is very high in most countries, there is variation. While 10% of Canadians viewed the military as "not at all favorable,"[3] only 3% of Britons had a "low" or "very low" view of the military.[4] 65% of Russians believe their military, which is the second largest in the world, does their job "just about always" or "most of the time." [5]

In the United States, 89% of white Americans had a "very" or "somewhat" favorable opinion of the military, compared to 77% of Latinos and 72% of blacks.[6]

Change over time[edit]

In the United States, public opinion of the military was very low during the Vietnam War.[7] The public perception increased considerably between the early 1970s to the late 1990s, with the exception of briefly after the Gulf War, when support was around 60%, the percentage of Americans who said they had a "very favorable" view of the US military hovered between 20% and 30%. By 2007, 47% claimed a "very favorite" view of the military and 84% expressed a "favorable" view.[8]

Opposition to the Iraq War was comparable to opposition to the Vietnam War, but unlike the Vietnam War, opposition to the Iraq War did not correlate with a significant decrease in public opinion of military personnel themselves.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Tom Van Riper (28 July 2006). "America's Most Admired Professions". Forbes.
  2. ^ Jon Skindzier. "Military: Respected Professions - AskMen". AskMen.
  3. ^ "Fewer Canadians 'strongly approve' of Afghan mission: survey". 9 November 2006.
  4. ^ The UK's Armed Forces: public support for the troops but not their missions?
  5. ^ "Public Opinion in Russia: Russians' Attitudes on Economic and Domestic Issues |". Retrieved 2017-09-28.
  6. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-11-06. Retrieved 2013-11-02.
  7. ^ "The Shifting Perception of America's Veterans". 2015-05-14.
  8. ^ "Iraq and Vietnam: A Crucial Difference in Opinion". Pew Research Center. 22 March 2007.