If it's in the News, it's in our Polls. Public opinion polling since 2003.


By Two-to-One Margin, Voters Believe U.S. Spends More on Military than Social Security

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.

(Want a free daily e-mail update? If it's in the news, it's in our polls). Rasmussen Reports updates are also available on Twitter or Facebook.

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.

Want to read more?

Become a Rasmussen Reader to read the article

Have an account?

Log In

Become a Reader


Rasmussen Reports is a media company specializing in the collection, publication and distribution of public opinion information.

We conduct public opinion polls on a variety of topics to inform our audience on events in the news and other topics of interest. To ensure editorial control and independence, we pay for the polls ourselves and generate revenue through the sale of subscriptions, sponsorships, and advertising. Nightly polling on politics, business and lifestyle topics provides the content to update the Rasmussen Reports web site many times each day. If it's in the news, it's in our polls. Additionally, the data drives a daily update newsletter and various media outlets across the country.

Some information, including the Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll and commentaries are available for free to the general public. Subscriptions are available for $4.95 a month or 34.95 a year that provide subscribers with exclusive access to more than 20 stories per week on upcoming elections, consumer confidence, and issues that affect us all. For those who are really into the numbers, Platinum Members can review demographic crosstabs and a full history of our data.

To learn more about our methodology, click here.