Veteran Voices: Veterans React to State of the Union [Survey]

Updated: March 16, 2024
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    The value of veteran interests, needs and beliefs can’t go overlooked in today’s society. To help get better insight into what matters to those who put their lives on the live to protect and serve this country, Veteran.com put together a brief survey entitled “Veteran Voices.”

    “Veteran Voices” is part of an on-going effort to understand the wants and needs of active-duty service members, veterans and their loved ones. Our recent survey focused specifically on the 2024 State of the Union address President Joe Biden delivered to the joint session of Congress. It received 234 responses, with a 6.5% margin error, and a 95% confidence rate. Below is a breakdown of the results we received.

    2024 State of the Union address

    Did you watch the 2024 State of the Union address?

    State of the Union Satisfaction

    How would you rate your overall satisfaction with the 2024 State of the Union address?

    ResponsePercentage
    Very satisfied29.8%
    Somewhat satisfied11.1%
    Neutral4.1%
    Somewhat dissatisfied5.3%
    Very dissatisfied49.7%

    U.S. Support for Ukraine

    Do you support the federal government’s efforts to assist Ukraine against Russian aggression?

    ResponsePercentage
    Strongly support48%
    Somewhat support19.9%
    Neutral9.4%
    Somewhat oppose9.9%
    Strongly oppose12.9%
    *Results based off respondents who watched SOTU address

    Prescription Drug Costs

    How important is it to you that the government takes further action to reduce prescription drug costs?

    ResponsePercentage
    Very important65.5%
    Somewhat important19.3%
    Neutral9.9%
    Not very important1.8%
    Not at all important3.5%

    Post-Pandemic Economic Recovery

    How effective do you think the Biden administration has handled the post-pandemic economic recovery?

    ResponsePercentage
    Very effective26.9%
    Somewhat effective15.2%
    Neutral2.9%
    Somewhat ineffective8.8%
    Very ineffective46.2%
    *Results based off respondents who watched SOTU address

    Climate Change

    What is your stance on the administration’s efforts to combat climate change?

    ResponsePercentage
    Very supportive24.6%
    Supportive18.1%
    Neutral12.3%
    Unsupportive10.5%
    Very unsupportive34.5%

    Abortion Policies

    Do you support or oppose the opinions expressed in the State of the Union regarding abortion policies?

    ResponsePercentage
    Strongly support34.5%
    Somewhat support5.8%
    Neutral15.8%
    Somewhat oppose10.5%
    Strongly oppose33.3%

    Gun Control Measures Involving Assault Weapons

    Do you agree with the push for stricter gun control measures, including a ban on assault weapons?

    ResponsePercentage
    Strongly agree39.8%
    Agree9.4%
    Neutral5.8%
    Disagree13.5%
    Strongly disagree31.6%
    *Results based off respondents who watched SOTU address

    Israel-Gaza Conflict

    Do you support the proposed strategies for dealing with the crisis in the Middle East, including support for a two-state solution?

    ResponsePercentage
    Strongly support19.9%
    Support23.4%
    Neutral18.1%
    Oppose18.7%
    Strongly oppose19.9%

    President Biden Overall Satisfaction

    How would you rate your overall satisfaction with President Biden?

    ResponsePercentage
    Very satisfied4.8%
    Somewhat satisfied9.7%
    Neutral11.3%
    Somewhat dissatisfied12.9%
    Very dissatisfied61.3%

    U.S. Support for Ukraine

    Do you support the federal government’s efforts to assist Ukraine against Russian aggression?

    ResponsePercentage
    Strongly support25.8%
    Somewhat support24.2%
    Neutral14.5%
    Somewhat oppose6.5%
    Strongly oppose29%
    *Results from respondents who did not watch the SOTU address

    Post-Pandemic Economic Recovery

    How effective do you think the Biden administration has handled the post-pandemic economic recovery?

    ResponsePercentage
    Very effective9.7%
    Somewhat effective12.9%
    Neutral12.9%
    Somewhat ineffective9.7%
    Very ineffective54.8%
    *Results from respondents who did not watch the SOTU address

    Gun Control Measures Involving Assault Weapons

    Do you agree with the push for stricter gun control measures, including a ban on assault weapons?

    ResponsesPercentage
    Strongly agree29%
    Agree6.5%
    Neutral6.5%
    Disagree16.1%
    Strongly disagree41.9%
    *Results from respondents who did not watch the SOTU address

    General Election Poll

    In a general election, who would you support to be President of the United States?

    Joe R. BidenDonald J. TrumpOther
    33.2%54.3%12.5%

    Methodology

    Our approach involved creating a survey presenting non-biased questioning, as we are primarily focused on simply understanding our respondents’ views, not influencing them. We offered a two-tiered questioning system, with specific questions geared toward people who did and did not watch the State of the Union address. For those who did watch, the survey presented 10 total questions outside of asking about their military status. Anyone who did not watch received a total of five questions. The scale of the responses included five options: two positive answering options, two negative answering options, and a neutral response.

    This data is just one area where we plan to bring you the perspectives received in our “Veteran Voices” survey. Our goal is to address more topics that impact the military community to better highlight the issues at the forefront of the minds of our men and women who served this country.

    Written by Veteran.com Team