Voters Continue To Feel U.S. Doesn't Spend Enough on National Security
With a sympathetic Republican Congress coming in January, voters continue to feel the country isn't spending enough on national security and are more reluctant than they have been in several years to remove U.S. troops from Europe. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 38% of Likely U.S. Voters think the United States does not spend enough on the military and national security. This is down five points from 43% in August, the highest finding in three years of regular tracking, but is more in line with voter attitudes for the past couple years. Twenty-two percent (22%) still believe the United States spends too much on defense, but this view has been trending downward since January 2013 when it reached a record high of 40%. Thirty-one percent (31%) say the country spends about the right amount in this area. (To see survey question wording, click here).
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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on November 6-7, 2014 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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