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More Republicans than Democrats value military experience in office

By Bethan Owen

Deseret News

Published: Monday, June 2 2014 12:25 p.m. MDT

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, shakes hands with Sgt. Jose Navarro during Hagel's visit to Bagram Airfield in Bagram, Afghanistan, Sunday, June 1, 2014.

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A higher number of Republicans consider military service an asset for presidential candidates than do Democrats, according to the Pew Research Center.

While both parties consider military experience a positive trait in office, Republicans favor it more highly than Democrats at a difference of 27 percent. The second most desired trait for Republicans is business executive experience, and Democrats want a candidate who has been a governor in the past.

The two parties have different outlooks on gender, as well.

“With Hillary Clinton looming large over the potential Democratic presidential field, 27 percent of Democrats say they would be more likely to vote for a woman presidential candidate, the third most positive attribute for Democrats,” according to Pew. “A candidate being a woman ranks highly as a positive trait among just 11 percent of Republicans.”

Pew Research Center

Bethan Owen is a writer for the Deseret News Moneywise and Opinion sections. Twitter: BethanO2

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