Results of a USA Today/Pew Research poll released this week indicate that outrage over the developing scandal is widespread.
By a 43-34 margin, Americans think the exchange was a bad move. As for the criticism of Obama’s unilateral action in making the deal, the poll found that respondents back the law requiring congressional notification by a more than 2-to-1 margin.
Among veterans, the results are even more telling. A mere six percent of those with a military background reported having sympathy for Bergdahl. One in three said they are angry at him.
Veterans polled were more than four times as likely to respond that they thought Obama made the wrong move in implementing the prisoner exchange as they were to support the deal.
USA Today cited Veterans of Foreign Wars Public Affairs Director Joe Davis, who explained why many veterans are upset over the entire ordeal.
“If [Bergdahl] was a captured prisoner of war, we wouldn’t be having this discussion,” he said.
Instead, Davis explained, the 28-year-old “put his teammates in jeopardy, and you absolutely don’t do that in a combat zone.”