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Voters Think U.S. Needs to Spend More on Defense

Thursday, August 20, 2015

With Americans increasingly worried out about their safety on the home front, more voters than ever think the United States needs to spend more on national security.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 47% of Likely U.S. Voters think the United States does not spend enough on military and national security. That’s up eight points from May  and the highest finding in nearly four years of regular surveying.  One-in-five (21%) now feel the United States spends too much on defense, in line with surveys for the past year. Prior to early 2014, those who felt the country spends too much on defense generally ran in the 30s to a high of 40%. Twenty-six percent (26%) say the United States spends about the right amount on national security. (To see survey question wording, click here).

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on August 17-18, 2015 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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