Americans Can’t Make Up Their Damn Minds About A Possible Military Takeover

Despite the hell that Texas residents have been raising about the U.S. military’s “Jade Helm 15” training exercise and a possible military takeover of the Lone Star state, a poll released Tuesday found 65 percent of likely U.S. voters actually would like to have the military conduct such war games in their home state.

A survey released by the conservative polling firm Rasmussen found that just 16 percent of likely voters would oppose having military training exercises take place in their state, while 19 percent were undecided.

Yet 45 percent of likely voters also said that they’d be concerned the government would use military training exercises to exert greater control over some states, according to the survey.

The Rasmussen survey found that particular concern was partisan: 50 percent of conservatives believed military training exercises would lead to greater federal control of some states. By contrast, 67 percent of liberals and 58 percent of those who identified as moderates said they weren’t concerned, according to the survey.

Rasmussen polled 1,000 likely voters by phone on May 7 and May 10. The survey had a margin of error of 3 percentage points.

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