Veterans and military personnel apparently don’t mind what Donald Trump said about John McCain.
A poll shows they view the Republican presidential candidate more favorably than they do the Arizona GOP senator.
The YouGov.Economist poll was released on Friday.
Trump caught widespread flak a week ago when he mocked McCain’s military hero status, saying it was based on his having been a prisoner of war.
“I like people who weren’t captured,” he said at the Family Leadership Summit.
Despite that comment, 53 percent of veterans view Trump favorably, compared to 41 percent for McCain. Also, more veterans view McCain unfavorably than Trump: 49 percent to Trump’s 42 percent.
“Veterans are divided on whether Trump owes McCain an apology,” YouGov reported.
Trump was elated.
“I’m incredibly honored to have such great support from the veterans, whom I love and respect,” he told DailyMail.com in an email. “My message continues to resonate with voters across the country.”
The YouGov poll marks the first time any GOP candidate has garnered more than a 25 percent approval rating as first choice among a very crowded field.
It shows a 28 percent approval rating among Republicans — twice that of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who placed second.
An ABC News/Washington Post poll released earlier in the week showed Trump with 24 percent approval.
The following charts, compiled from poll data, were provided by YouGov.com:
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