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Gallup Poll. Feb. 2-5, 2012. N=1,029 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

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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 we are spending too little, about the right amount, or too much?"

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Too little About right Too much Unsure
% % % %
2/2-5/12 24 32 41 3
2/2-5/11 22 35 39 3
2/1-3/10 27 36 34 2
2/9-12/09 24 41 31 4
2/11-14/08 22 30 44 3
2/1-4/07 20 35 43 2
2/6-9/06 25 40 32 3
2/05 30 38 30 2
2/04 22 45 31 2
2/03 25 44 27 4
2/02 33 48 17 2
2/01 41 38 19 2
8/00 40 34 20 6
5/00 31 44 22 3
5/99 28 35 32 5
11/98 26 45 22 7
3/93 17 38 42 3
1/4-7/90 9 36 50 5
4/10-13/87 14 36 44 6

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"Do you, yourself, feel that our national defense is stronger now than it needs to be, not strong enough, or about right at the present time?"

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Too strong Not strong
enough
About right Unsure
% % % %
2/2-5/12 13 32 54 1
2/2-5/11 11 37 50 2
2/1-3/10 7 45 46 1
2/9-12/09 6 37 54 3
2/11-14/08 10 47 41 2
2/1-4/07 8 46 43 2
2/6-9/06 7 43 47 3
2/05 9 40 49 2
2/04 10 34 54 2
2/03 13 34 52 1
2/02 6 43 50 1
2/01 7 44 48 1
5/00 6 38 55 1
1/00 6 39 52 3
5/99 7 42 48 3
1/90 16 17 64 3

 

Pew Research Center. Jan. 11-16, 2012. N=1,502 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.5.

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"Thinking about the future of the U.S. military, do you think a smaller military will reduce effectiveness, or do you think a smaller military can be just as effective in facing future challenges?"

     
Will reduce
effectiveness
Can be just
as effective
Depends
(vol.)
Unsure
% % % %

1/11-16/12

44 45 3 8

 

Quinnipiac University Poll. March 22-28, 2011. N=2,069 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 2.2.

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"Do you support or oppose allowing women in the military to serve in ground units that engage in close combat?"

     
Support Oppose Unsure
% % %

3/22-28/11

67 29 4

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. March 10-13, 2011. N=1,005 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.5.

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"Do you support or oppose allowing women in the military to serve in ground units that engage in close combat?"

     
Support Oppose Unsure
% % %

3/10-13/11

73 25 2

 

USA Today/Gallup Poll. Jan. 8-10, 2010. N=1,023 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

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"In twenty years, do you think the United States will be number one in the world militarily, only one of several leading military powers, or not among the leading military powers in the world?"

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Number One One of
Several
Not Among
Leading
Unsure
% % % %
1/8-10/10 36 56 6 1

 

CBS News Poll. Dec. 17-22, 2009. N=1,048 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"Using a grading scale of A, B, C, D, and F, where A is excellent and F is very poor and using any of the grades in between, how would you grade the condition of the U.S. military?"

     
A B C D F
% % % % %

12/17-22/09

28 39 22 5 2

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"Do you think we should return to the military draft at this time, or not?"

     
Should Should Not Unsure
% % %

12/17-22/09

20 76 4

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"From what you know, do you think the U.S. government is giving U.S. troops in other countries enough resources and military equipment to succeed, or not?"

     
Is Is Not Unsure
% % %

12/17-22/09

50 37 13

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"Do you think the federal government is doing all that it could be expected to do to care for the needs and problems facing U.S. military personnel returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, or not?"

     
Is Is Not Unsure
% % %

12/17-22/09

22 71 7

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"Do you think the U.S. military is adequately prepared to respond to a new military threat against the United States, or do you think the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have spread U.S. military forces too thin to be able to respond to a new military threat effectively?"

     
Is
Prepared
Spread
Too Thin
Depends
(vol.)
Unsure
% % % %

12/17-22/09

34 56 2 8

 

USA Today/Gallup Poll. Oct. 6, 2009. N=1,007 adults nationwide. MoE 4.

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"When the United States is considering different courses of military action, should U.S. military commanders make their positions publicly known, or should they only state their positions privately to the president and others in the chain of command?" Options rotated

     
Publicly Privately Unsure
% % %

10/6/09

30 62 8

 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. July 24-28, 2009. N=1,050 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"As you may know, women in the U.S. military are currently not allowed to join combat units but do serve in combat zones in Iraq and Afghanistan as support for the ground troops, for example as military police, medics and Humvee drivers. Do you favor or oppose allowing women in the military to serve in combat zones in these support roles?"

     
Favor Oppose Unsure
% % %

7/24-28/09

83 14 3

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"Would you favor or oppose allowing women in the military to join combat units, where they would be directly involved in the ground fighting?"

     
Favor Oppose Unsure
% % %

ALL

53 43 4

Men

53 45 2

Women

53 42 5

 

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. Feb. 18-19, 2009. N=1,046 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"When the remains of U.S. troops who were killed in Iraq or Afghanistan are flown back to the U.S., brief ceremonies are held when the caskets are taken off the plane at an air force base. Do you think the government should or should not allow the public to see pictures of those events on TV, in newspapers, and on websites?"

     
Should Should Not Unsure
% % %

2/18-19/09

67 31 1

 

USA Today/Gallup Poll. Sept. 7-8, 2007. N=1,028 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"Do you think women should or should not be allowed to hold combat jobs in the U.S. armed forces?"

     
Should Should Not Unsure
% % %

9/7-8/07

74 23 3

 

Gallup Poll. Aug. 13-16, 2007. N=1,019 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"Do you think the United States should return to the military draft at this time, or not?"

     
Yes No Unsure
% % %
8/13-16/07 18 80 2
10/11-14/04 14 85 1
10/24-26/03 17 80 3
1/3-5/03 27 69 4
6/5-7/98 16 81 3
7/31 - 8/3/81 48 45 7
7/80 58 34 7
2/80 59 36 5

 

Gallup Poll. Feb. 1-4, 2007. N=1,007 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"Do you think the United States is number one in the world militarily, or that it is only one of several leading military powers?"

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Number One One of
Several
Neither (vol.) Unsure
% % % %
2/1-4/07 60 39 - 1
5/18-21/00 56 41 - 3
5/7-9/99 51 46 1 2
3/29-31/93 63 34 1 2

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"Do you feel that it's important for the United States to be number one in the world militarily, or that being number one is not that important, as long as the U.S. is among the leading military powers?"

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Important Not That
Important
Unsure
% % %
2/1-4/07 61 38 1
5/18-21/00 70 29 1
5/7-9/99 59 39 2
3/29-31/93 61 37 2

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. June 23-26, 2005. N=1,004 adults nationwide. MoE 3..

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"Do you think the war in Iraq has or has not made it more difficult for the U.S. military to attract new recruits?" Half sample

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Has

Has Not

Unsure  
% % %  

6/23-26/05

73 25 1  

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"Do you think the war in Iraq has or has not made it more difficult for the U.S. military to be ready to respond to conflicts elsewhere in the world?" Half sample

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Has

Has Not

Unsure

 
% % %  

6/23-26/05

65 33 2  

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"Would you advise a young person close to you to join the military, or not?"

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Yes

No

Depends (vol.)

Unsure

% % % %

6/23-26/05

41 52 6 1

 

Associated Press/Ipsos poll conducted by Ipsos-Public Affairs. June 20-22, 2005. N=1,000 adults nationwide. MoE 3.1.

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"If you had a son who was the right age to serve in the military, would you encourage him to enlist in the military now or would you discourage him from enlisting in the military now?"

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Encourage

Discourage

Neither (vol.)

Unsure
% % % %
6/20-22/05 32 55 12 1

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"If you had a daughter who was the right age to serve in the military, would you encourage her to enlist in the military now or would you discourage her from enlisting in the military now?"

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Encourage

Discourage

Neither (vol.)

Unsure
% % % %
6/20-22/05 22 66 11 1

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"Do you favor or oppose the reinstatement of the military draft in the United States?"

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Favor

Oppose

Unsure  
% % %  
6/20-22/05 27 70 4  

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"If the military draft were reinstated, would you favor or oppose drafting women as well as men?"

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Favor

Oppose

Unsure  
% % %  
6/20-22/05 43 54 3  

 

Gallup Poll. June 16-19, 2005. N=1,006 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"If you had a son or daughter who was planning to enter the military, would you support that step or would you suggest a different occupation?"

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Support
That Step

Suggest
Different
Occupation

Unsure  
% % %  

6/16-19/05

51 48 1  

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"Would you favor or oppose requiring every able-bodied young man in this country, when he reaches the age of 18, to spend one year in military training and then join the reserves?"

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Favor

Oppose

Unsure

 
% % %  

6/16-19/05

35 62 3  

12/55

69 23 8  

 

Newsweek Poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. Sept. 30-Oct. 2, 2004. N=1,013 registered voters nationwide. MoE 4. Sept. 30 interviewing limited to Pacific and Mountain time zones, after the presidential debate concluded.

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"There has not been a military draft in this country since the 1970s. How would you feel about reinstating the draft and requiring young men to serve in the military at this time? Do you favor reinstating the military draft, OR think it should be considered, OR think it should NOT be considered?"

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Favor Consider Don't
Consider
Unsure
% % % %
9/30 - 10/2/04 7 28 62 3

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Following questions asked in random order:
  
"Because of Iraq, do you think the military draft is likely to be reinstated if George W. Bush is reelected in November?"

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Yes No Unsure
% % %
9/30 - 10/2/04 38 51 11

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"Because of Iraq, do you think the military draft is likely to be reinstated if John Kerry is elected in November?"

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Yes No Unsure
% % %
9/30 - 10/2/04 18 67 15

 

Pew Research Center/Council on Foreign Relations survey conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. July 8-18, 2004. Nationwide.

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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?" Form 1 (N=1,003, MoE 3.5)

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Increase

Same

Cut Back

Unsure
% % % %
7/8-18/04 25 53 18 4
10/01 50 41 7 2

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"Do you think the U.S. should increase the size of the military, keep it about the same, or reduce the size of the military?" Form 2 (N=1,006, MoE 3.5)

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Increase

Same

Cut Back

Unsure
% % % %
7/8-18/04 34 54 8 4

 

Gallup Poll. May 21-23, 2004. N=496 adults nationwide. MoE 5.

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"Just off the top of your head, which of the five branches of the Armed Forces in this country would you say is the most important to our national defense today: the Air Force, the Army, the Navy, the Marines, or the Coast Guard?" Options rotated

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5/03 4/02
% %
Army 25 18
Air Force 23 36
Marines 23 16
Navy 9 17
Coast Guard 4 1
Same (vol.) 12 10
No opinion 4 2

 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. April 21-22, 2004. N=900 registered voters nationwide. MoE 3.

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"If it becomes clear that more soldiers are needed in the war against terrorism, would you approve or disapprove of reinstituting the military draft?"

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Approve Disapprove Unsure
% % %
4/21-22/04 41 51 8

1/14-15/03

56 36 8

5/14-15/02

57 34 9

11/14-15/01

74 18 8
10/3-4/01 76 16 8

 

Program on International Policy Attitudes/Knowledge Networks Poll. March 16-22, 2004. N=approx. 500 adults nationwide. MoE 4.5. This survey was fielded by Knowledge Networks using its nationwide research panel. Knowledge Networks employs a random-digit-dial telephone methodology to develop a representative sample of households for participation in its panel. Participants receive free hardware and free Internet access. Surveys are administered via interactive TV devices.

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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 we are spending too much, about the right amount, or too little?"

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Too much About right Too little No answer
% % % %
3/04 41 41 16 2

 

Newsweek Poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates. Jan. 23-24, 2003. N=1,001 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"There has not been a military draft in this country since the 1970s. How would you feel about reinstating the draft and requiring young men to serve in the military at this time? Do you favor reinstating the military draft, OR think it should be considered, OR think it should NOT be considered?"

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Favor Consider Don't
Consider
Unsure
% % % %
ALL 14 38 45 3
18-29 12 29 57 2
30 to 49 13 36 48 3
50 & older 15 47 34 4

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"If a military draft is reinstated, do you think young women should be required to serve as well as young men?"

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Yes No Unsure
% % %
ALL 46 49 5
Men 49 47 4
Women 44 50 6

 

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. Jan. 3-5, 2003. N=513 adults nationwide. MoE 5.

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"If the United States invades Iraq with ground troops, do you think the United States should return to the military draft, or not?"

     
Yes No Unsure
% % %
1/03 43 53 4

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. Sept. 4-6, 2000. N=1,065 registered voters nationwide. MoE 3.

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"In the past eight years, do you think the U.S. military has gotten stronger, gotten weaker, or stayed about the same?"

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%
Stronger 12
Weaker 47
Same 40
No opinion 1

 


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