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18% Favor Military Draft, 30% Support Required Year of Public Service

Friday, July 08, 2011

Support among voters for a military draft is at its lowest level in several years, but nearly one-out-of-three voters favor mandatory public service.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that just 18% of Likely U.S. Voters believe the United States should impose a military draft, continuing a downward trend from 24% in September 2007. Sixty-seven percent (67%) oppose military conscription, unchanged from a year ago. Fifteen percent (15%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Support for a draft was at its lowest in October 2004 when just 13% were in favor of one.

However, 30% of voters now believe U.S. citizens should be required to spend one year in public service, up from 25% last year. But 36% were in favor of this requirement in 2007. Most voters (57%) oppose such a requirement, while another 14% are not sure about it.

Sixty-nine percent (69%) of Mainstream voters oppose a draft, while the Political Class is almost evenly divided on the question. Most Political Class voters (52%) favor a public service requirement, while the majority (57%) of those in the Mainstream are opposed.

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on July 5, 2011 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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