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Defense Spending


Americans recognize that the world is a dangerous place. In a new poll conducted by the Pew Research Center, 23 percent of those polled said that we should increase defense spending, 47 percent said to keep it about where it is now, and 28 percent said cut it back. More than half of the public in the poll (56 percent) say U.S. policies should try to keep America as the only military superpower, while 32 percent say it would be acceptable if China, another country, or the European Union became as powerful militarily as the United States.