Posted on May 27, 2023

No Evidence Veterans Support Extremist Groups More Than American Public: Study

Brad Dress, The Hill, May 24, 2023

Veterans do not support far-left or far-right extremist groups any more than the average American population, according to a study released this week from the nonprofit RAND Corporation.

About 5.5 percent of veterans supported the far-left extremist group Antifa, compared to 10 percent of the American public, according to the study, while only 0.7 percent of veterans backed white supremacist organizations compared to 7 percent of the U.S. population.

The study also found that veterans were less likely to support the neo-fascist group the Proud Boys or the QAnon conspiracy theory that a cabal of Democratic elites and Satan-worshipping pedophiles run the U.S. government.

Still, a similar percentage of veterans — 17.7 percent — support the need for political violence as the American public, at 19 percent.

And about 28.8 percent of veterans support the Great Replacement theory, a conspiracy about Democrats seeking to replace white Americans with migrants for political gain, compared to 34 percent of the U.S. public.


The findings come as there is growing concern among Democrats about far-right extremisms within the ranks of the U.S. military.