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Spending Too Much/To Little on Defense

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Do you think that we should increase our spending on national defense, keep it about the same, or cut it back?
Note: Asked of Form 2 half sample
Pew Research Center for the People & the Press/Council on Foreign Relations America's Place in the World Survey, [Oct, 2013]




If you were making up the budget for the federal government this year (2013), would you increase spending, decrease spending or keep spending the same for...military defense?
Note: Asked of Form 2 half sample
Pew Research Center for the People & the Press Political Survey, [Feb, 2013]




There is much discussion as to the amount of money the government in Washington should spend for national defense and military purposes. How do you feel about this? Do you think we are spending too little, about the right amount, or too much?
Gallup Poll, [Feb, 2013]



Spending on Defense vs. Other Domestic Problems

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As you may know, the largest items in the federal budget are Medicare, that is the government health insurance program for seniors, Social Security, and the military. If you had to choose one, which of the following programs would you be willing to change in order to cut spending Medicare, Social Security, or the military?
CBS News Poll, [Oct, 2013]




Across-the-board budget cuts in defense and domestic programs enacted by Congress started taking effect in March (2013). Do you think these cuts, known as sequester, are doing more to help the economy or more to hurt the economy?
Bloomberg Poll, [Sep, 2013]




There will be another round of automatic across-the-board budget cuts (in defense and domestic programs) unless Congress takes action. Are you generally satisfied with the automatic cuts, as a way to reduce government spending, or would you be more satisfied with cuts in targeted programs approved by Congress?
%
21     Satisfied with automatic cuts
64     Would be more satisfied with targeted cuts
15     Not sure
Bloomberg Poll, [Sep, 2013]



Defense Spending and a Balanced Budget

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(Do you think each of the following taxes and fees are acceptable or not acceptable to avoid further spending cuts?)...Cuts to defense spending
McClatchy/Marist Poll, [Dec, 2013]




Which of the following issues would you say is most important to you in deciding how to vote for Congress?...Education, Social Security, retirement and investments, terrorism, healthcare/Rx (prescription drugs), the economy, jobs, taxes, crime and safety, environment, national defense/foreign affairs, national deficit/spending, energy, gas prices, immigration
%
9     Education
9     Social Security
1     Retirement and investments
*     Terrorism
12     Healthcare/Rx
26     The economy
8     Jobs
2     Taxes
1     Crime and safety
2     Environment
5     National defense/Foreign affairs
10     National deficit/Spending
1     Energy
1     Gas prices
3     Immigration
4     Other
4     Don't know/Refused
Sample: National registered voters
New Models National Brand Poll, [Sep, 2013]




Which of the following issues would you say is most important to you in deciding how to vote for Congress?...Education, Social Security, retirement and investments, terrorism, health care/Rx (prescription drugs), the economy, jobs, taxes, crime and safety, environment, national defense/foreign affairs, national deficit/spending, energy, gas prices, immigration
%
9     Education
8     Social Security
1     Retirement and investments
1     Terrorism
10     Healthcare/Rx (prescription drugs)
31     The economy
8     Jobs
2     Taxes
1     Crime and safety
2     Environment
4     National defense/Foreign affairs
10     National deficit/Spending
1     Energy
1     Gas prices
3     Immigration
6     Other
3     Don't know/Refused
Sample: National registered voters
New Models National Brand Poll, [Jul, 2013]



The "Monetary" Cost of the Iraq War

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Which one of the following do you think is most responsible for the federal budget deficit?...The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the policies of Barack Obama and the Democrats in Congress, the policies of George W. Bush and the Republicans in Congress, the economic recession
%
25     The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan
24     The policies of Barack Obama and the Democrats in Congress
24     The policies of George W. Bush and the Republicans in Congress
13     The economic recession
5     Other (Vol.)
2     None (Vol.)
7     Not sure
CNBC All-America Economic Survey, [Jun, 2013]




All in all, considering the costs to the United States versus the benefits to the United States, do you think...the war in Iraq was worth fighting, or not? (If Worth/Not worth fighting, ask:) Do you feel that way strongly or somewhat?
ABC News/Washington Post Poll, [Mar, 2013]




With the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq winding down, would you favor or oppose returning defense spending to the level of money spent during the Clinton administration, plus inflation?
Reason-Rupe Poll, [Jan, 2013]



Missile Defense Systems

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Some people feel the US (United States) should try to develop a ground and space based missile defense system to protect the US from missile attack. Others oppose such an effort because they say it would be too costly and might interfere with existing arms treaties with the Russians. Which comes closer to your view?
CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll, [Dec, 2010]




Here are two statements people have made about the cost of a missile defense system. Please tell me which one comes closer to your own point of view....A missile defense system is affordable. A missile defense system is not affordable.
National Missile Defense Survey, [Jul, 2007]




(If the amount chosen for defense/military spending in the 2006 budget was less than the Bush Administration proposed spending/defense, ask:) In the budget exercise you just completed you proposed lowering defense spending. Here are some things that could be reduced in order to lower defense spending. For each one, please indicate how much, if at all, you would like to have it reduced. (If the amount chosen for defense/military spending in the 2006 budget was the same or more than the Bush Administration proposed spending in defense, ask:) Now please consider whether you would like to increase or reduce spending on developing and building new capabilities such as...a national missile defense system. 0 Not reduce at all/Keep the same, -1 Reduce a little, -2 Reduce some, -3 Reduce quite a bit, -4 Reduce a lot, 1 Increase a lot, 2 Increase some, 3 Increase quite a bit, 4 Increase a lot
%
35     Not reduce at all/Keep same (0)
15     Reduce a little (-1)
14     Reduce some (-2)
5     Reduce quite a bit (-3)
7     Reduce a lot (-4)
3     Increase a lot (4)
3     Increase quite a bit (3)
7     Increase some (2)
5     Increase a little (1)
5     No answer
PIPA/Knowledge Networks Poll, [Feb, 2005]



From the Archives


(If each of the following statements were made by a candidate for President would it make you more or less likely to vote for that candidate for President?... Further cutbacks in military spending would seriously erode U.S. military strength.
Sample: National registered likely voters
Note: Asked of half sample of registered likely voters
U.S. News & World Report Poll, [Aug, 1993]




(Regardless of how you feel about the overall amount in the budget, you may think we should spend more or less on certain items. Here is a list of the major items in the budget. Would you go down that list and for each one tell me whether you think we should be spending more than President Carter has proposed in his budget, or spending less than he has proposed, or that he has proposed spending about the right amount on it?) ...The military, armaments and defense.
Roper Report 79-3, [Feb, 1979]




In terms of the possibility of increased US (United States) spending on defense and the military, would you prefer to see increased spending go toward paying for higher wages and benefits to military personnel or new or improved military equipment and weapons such as planes, missiles, ships, and tanks?
%
49     Higher wages and benefits to military personnel
44     New or improved military equipment and weapons such as planes, missiles, ships, and tanks
8     Don't know/Refused
Gallup Poll, [Mar, 1999]




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answered Yes, a great deal when asked "(Automatic across-the-board cuts in federal spending have begun to take effect (March 1, 2013) because (Barack) Obama and the Republicans in Congress were unable to reach a budget agreement last week.) Just your best guess, do you think the budget cuts will hurt...the US (United States) military, or not? (If Yes, ask:) Do you think they'll hurt it a great deal or somewhat?"
ABC News/Washington Post Poll, [Mar, 2013]


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