Following The House’s decisive approval of a $578 billion spending bill to keep the US armed forces operating through September, Gallup recently conducted a poll to gauge public opinion on the current level of U.S. military expenditure. The results may surprise some…
As Statista’s Niall McCarthy notes, Gallup found that 37 percent of people think the government is spending too little compared to 31 percent who say it’s too much and 28 percent who think it’s about right.
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The trend of “too little” exceeding “too much” is infrequent in Gallup’s polling only occurring before or after a Republican administration replaces a Democratic one.
Historically, the percentage of Americans saying Washington spends too much on defense peaked during the Vietnam War in the early 70s and again at the end of the Cold War in 1990 under Reagan.