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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 the US should spend more, about the same as now, or less for national defense and military purposes? (Source: Gallup Poll, Feb, 2018)

Subpopulation/Note: Asked of Form B half sample.

About the same


No opinion


Methodology: Conducted by Gallup Organization, February 1 - February 10, 2018 and based on 1,044 telephone interviews. Sample: National adult. Interviews were conducted with respondents on landline telephones and cellular phones. The sample includes 30% landline and 70% cell phone respondents. [USGALLUP.022118.R13A] (View Citation)


(As you may know, the US (United States) government has been struggling with the question of how to deal with the federal budget deficit--i.e., the amount of money the government spends that exceeds the amount it takes in through taxes. Congress and the President have agreed there should be substantial reductions in the deficit. Today we are going to explore whether or not spending on national defense--that is, spending on the military and the development of weapons--should be reduced as part of an effort to reduce the deficit, and if so, how much it should be reduced and which programs should be reduced. Some people say the national defense budget should be reduced, while others say it should remain the same, or even be increased. We are going to do our best to help you get a better understanding of the federal deficit and the national defense budget by giving you some information. The deficit that Congress is struggling to deal with is projected to be $672 billion for next year, 2013. This does not include deficit spending related to Medicare, as this is dealt with in a separate budget with a separate revenue source. If Congress wants to reduce the $672 billion deficit, it has two options:it can raise taxes, it can reduce spending or both. We are going to focus on spending in the part of the budget that Congress has to approve every year, known as the discretionary budget. A key question we will ask you to consider is:whether and how much the deficit should be dealt with by reducing defense spending, as opposed to increasing taxes or reducing non-defense spending. But first, we want to show you five different ways of viewing the size of the national defense budget. In each case we would like to know if, from this perspective, defense spending is more or less than you expected, or about the same as you expected.)...The second way of viewing defense spending is comparing it to the two other largest areas of Federal spending--Social Security and Medicare. These two programs are not part of the discretionary budget and are funded through payroll taxes. Defense and entitlement programs, billions of dollars = defense spending $677, Social Security $781, Medicare $499. Viewing it this way, is the amount of defense spending for 2012, much more than you expected, somewhat more than you expected, about what you expected, somewhat less than you expected, or much less than you expected? (Source: PIPA/Knowledge Networks Poll, Apr, 2012)

Much more than you expected

Somewhat more than you expected

About what you expected

Somewhat less than you expected

Much less than you expected

Don't know/Refused


Survey by The Stimson Center, the Center for Public Integrity. Methodology: Conducted by Program On International Policy Attitudes, University of Maryland, April 12 - April 18, 2012 and based on 665 online interviews. Sample: National adult. The poll was fielded by Knowledge Networks using its national panel which is randomly selected from the entire national population and subsequently provided Internet access, if needed. [USUMARY.051012A.R02] (View Citation)


Would you be willing to pay more money in taxes to support a larger army? (Source: Gallup Poll, Jul, 1950)



No opinion

Dataset is available using RoperExpress VIEW DATASET ABSTRACT

Methodology: Conducted by Gallup Organization, July 9 - July 14, 1950 and based on 1,500 personal interviews. Sample: National adult. Sample size is approximate. [USGALLUP.080750.R07B1] (View Citation)


Dataset: USAIPO1950-0458

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