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Do You Think It’s Appropriate for Retired Senior Officers to State Publicly Their Support/Nonsupport of Political Candidates?


100% 75% 50% 25% 30% 17% 0%


Flag Officers (219 total)


Under 50 Years Old (217 total)


0% 2% 1% Flag Officers 46% 51% 7% 15% 18% 12%


15% 12%


21% All Others (4,983 total) 51% I


Would You Be Influenced by Political Statements and Positions Made by Retired Senior Officers?


100%


11% 14%


75% 22% 50% 27% 25% 25% 0%


Flag Officers (219 total)


23%


Under 50 Years Old (217 total)


23% All Others (4,983 total) 30% 14%


21% 12%


11% 9%


26% 32%


and Politics Should retired senior officers vocalize their political opinions?


n August, after senior generals made public statements in support of presi- dential candidates, other senior officers made public statements criticizing them for doing so. MOAA conducted an electronic survey asking whether members thought retired senior officers should be free to voice their presidential candidate preferences and policy positions and how much they might be influenced by such statements. Over 5,400 people took the survey.


Do You Think It’s Appropriate for Retired Senior Officers to Publicly State Their Views on Public Policy Issues?


100% 75% 50% 25% 0% 16%


13% 10%


Flag Officers (219 total)


Unsure Yes, Definitely 22%


8% 12%


Under 50 Years Old (217 total)


Probably Probably Not 19%


9% 11%


All Others (4,983 total) Definitely Not 0% 1% 1% 59% 58% 59%


We grouped the results into three cat- egories: (non-general/flag) respondents under 50 years old; respondents who identified as general/flag officers; and everyone else. Their responses are summarized in the charts at left. Interestingly, there was only one sig- nificant difference between the groups, in that a higher percentage of flag officers thought senior officers shouldn’t publicly express support for a political candidate. But those who felt that way still were a minority even among the flag ranks. On all other measures, the three groups were remarkably consistent. MOAA appreciates everyone who took the time to take the survey.


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— Contributors are Col. Steve Strobridge, USAF (Ret), vice president; Col. Dan Merry, USAF (Ret), director; Cmdr. René Campos, USN (Ret); Col. Mike Barron, USA (Ret); Capt. Kathy Beas- ley, USN (Ret); Brooke Goldberg; Col. Phil Odom, USAF (Ret); Lt. Col. (select) Aniela Szymanski, USMCR; Jamie Naughton; and Trina Fitzgerald, MOAA’s Government Relations Department. Visit www.moaa.org/email to sign up for legislative- news updates.


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