Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Forty-seven percent (47%) of voters believe the U.S. spends more on national defense than it does on Social Security.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely Voters finds that 24% disagree and hold the opposite view while 29% are not sure.
In reality, the expenditure for both items is similar and the precise answer depends upon accounting issues and time frames.
For Fiscal Year 2011, the Defense Department budget is projected to total $719 billion. That’s below the $792 billion for Social Security. However, if you add in the $124 billion projected for Veterans’ Affairs, the total for national security spending tops Social Security.
The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on November 19-20, 2010 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.Rasmussen subscribers can log in to read the rest of this article.
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