Active duty members of the United States military are not happy with their commander-in-chief.
According to a Military Times survey, President Obama’s popularity rating has cratered to just 15 percent in 2014.
That is a new low for the President, falling from an already low approval rating of 35 percent in 2009. The poll of nearly 2,300 active duty members also shows that Obama’s disapproval ratings have increased to 55 percent.
The particularly low rating comes as Obama has launched air strikes in response to Islamic State terrorists taking territory and resources in both Iraq and Syria, vowing to keep combat ground troops out of the conflict. He has also deployed members of the military to combat the Ebola threat in Africa.
Earlier this month, President Obama visited a military base in New Jersey to recognize the troops for their service.
“We are free and safe and secure over here because you are willing to serve over there,” Obama said. “That’s the noble spirit of your sacrifice. That’s the selfless character of our military.” He added, “Those are the precious gifts that you give America, not just this time of year, but all year, every year. You never stop serving. You never stop giving. You guys are like Santa in fatigues.”