If the 2016 election were being held today, Donald Trump would trounce Hillary Clinton among serving and former military members.
According to a new NBC News-SurveyMonkey Weekly Election Tracking poll, Trump leads Clinton by 19 points — 55 percent to 36 percent — among military and veteran voters.
Trump's sizable lead comes despite several controversial comments on those in the military community, including decorated veteran Sen. John McCain and the Khan family.
The poll also found that although 47 percent of military and veteran voters would not be confident in Trump's ability to serve as an effective commander in chief, a slight majority of 53 percent does feel confident.
Trump fares far better than Clinton. Just 35 percent of military and veteran voters have confidence in Clinton as commander in chief, compared to 64 percent who would not be confident in her ability.
Among military and veteran voters, Trump also does better (53 percent to 28 percent) when asked who can be trusted more to handle veterans issues.
The online poll was conducted Aug. 29-Sept. 4, among a national sample of 32,226 adults who say they are registered to vote. Results have a margin of error of plus or minus 1 percentage point.