MEMORIAL DAY POLL: Romney has big lead over Obama among Veterans

A new Gallup poll out today shows that Romney leads Obama by a large margin among our military veterans.

Romney leads Obama 58%-34% among veterans, who make up about 13% of the electorate, Gallup reports.

Four years ago, McCain beat Obama among veterans by 54%-44%.

Veterans in the U.S. today are mostly male and two-thirds are aged 50 or older. In a population that is currently evenly split in its preferences for Barack Obama or Mitt Romney for president, veterans stand out for their 24-point preference for Romney. About a fourth of men are veterans, and it is their strong skew toward Romney that essentially creates the GOP candidate’s leading position among men today. Among non-veteran men, Obama and Romney are essentially tied.