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Voters Recognize U.S. Military Spending Tops Other Countries

Fifty-eight percent (58%) of Likely Voters nationwide recognize that the United States spends more on the military and national security than any other nation in the world. A Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 19% disagree, and 24% are not sure.

Seventy percent (70%) of those in the Political Class recognize this is true, as do 55% of Mainstream Americans. (To see survey question wording, click here.) 

Men are more likely to recognize it than women, Democrats and voters not affiliated with either party more than Republicans.

While it is impossible to measure precisely, according to many estimates, the United States spends about as much on national security as every other nation in the world combined. Thirty-three percent (33%) of voters believe the United States spends more than every other nation combined; 29% say it does not, and 37% are not sure.

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 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.

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