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Gallup Poll. Feb. 1-5, 2017. N=1,035 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

             

"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?"

 
    Too
little
About
right
Too
much
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

2/1-5/17

37 28 31 3  
 

2/3-7/16

37 27 32 5  
 

2/8-11/15

34 29 32 5  
 

2/6-9/14

28 32 37 3  
 

2/7-10/13

26 36 35 3  
 

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  
             

"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?"

 
    Too
strong
Not strong
enough
About
right
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

2/1-5/17

11 45 43 1  
 

2/3-7/16

13 45 41 2  
 

2/8-11/15

13 44 42 1  
 

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  
             

"Now thinking about NATO, the military alliance among western nations: Do you think the NATO alliance should be maintained, or is the alliance not necessary anymore?" Form B (N=485; margin of error 6)

 
    Should be
maintained
Not
necessary
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

2/1-5/17

80 16 4    
 

4/21-24/95

64 22 14    
 

1/6-8/94

70 18 12    
 

5/30 - 6/2/91

62 17 21    
 

7/18-21/89

75 10 15    
             

"Next, I'm going to read a list of possible foreign policy goals that the United States might have. For each one please say whether you think it should be a very important foreign policy goal of the United States, a somewhat important goal, not too important a goal, or not an important goal at all. How about defending our allies' security?"

 
    Very
important
Somewhat
important
Not too
important
Not important
at all
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

2/1-5/17

66 29 4 1 1

 

CNN/ORC Poll. Feb. 24-27, 2016. N=1,001 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Do you think women in the armed services should get combat assignments on the same terms as men, should they be able to get combat assignments only if they want to, or should they never get combat assignments?"

 
    On the same
terms as men
Only if they
want to
Never Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

2/24-27/16

36 51 12 1  
             

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

 
    Yes No Unsure    
    % % %    
 

2/24-27/16

20 79 1    
             

"If a draft were to become necessary, should young women be required to participate as well as young men, or not?"

 
    Yes No Unsure    
    % % %    
 

2/24-27/16

54 46 1    

 

Gallup Poll. Feb. 6-9, 2014. N=1,023 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

             

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

 
    Number
one
One of
several
Neither
(vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

2/6-9/14

53 44 1 2  
 

2/7-10/13

50 47 - 3  
 

2/2-5/12

54 45 - 1  
 

1/8-10/10

64 34 - 1  
 

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  

 

Quinnipiac University. Jan. 30-Feb. 4, 2013. N=1,772 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 2.3.

             

"Do you think that women who serve in the military and who want to serve in ground units that engage in close combat should be allowed to do that or not?"

 
    Should Should not Unsure    
    % % %    
 

1/30 - 2/4/13

75 22 3    
 

2/14-20/12

75 22 3    
             

"Do you think women's presence in combat situations enhances military effectiveness or compromises it?"

 
    Enhances Compromises Neither
(vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

1/30 - 2/4/13

41 32 12 14  
             

"Do you favor or oppose reinstating the military draft?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

1/30 - 2/4/13

28 65 8    
 

5/04

26 67 7    
             

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

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

1/30 - 2/4/13

52 42 6    

 

Pew Research Center/Washington Post. Jan. 24-27, 2013. N=1,005 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.7.

             

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

 
    Support Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

1/24-27/13

66 26 8    
             

"Do you think that allowing women to serve in combat roles will be a major change for the U.S. military, or only a minor change?"

 
    Major
change
Minor
change
No change
(vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

1/24-27/13

47 47 1 5  
             

"Do you think allowing women to serve in combat roles will make opportunities for women in the military better, worse, or not make much difference?"

 
    Better Worse Not much
difference
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

1/24-27/13

58 7 30 8  
             

"Do you think allowing women to serve in combat roles will make military effectiveness better, worse, or not make much difference?"

 
    Better Worse Not much
difference
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

1/24-27/13

29 15 49 6  

 

Gallup Poll. Jan. 24, 2013. N=513 adults nationwide. Margin of error 6.

             

"Next, suppose that on Election Day you could vote on key issues as well as candidates. Would you vote for or against a law that would allow women to serve in combat?"

 
    For Against Unsure    
    % % %    
 

1/24/13

74 20 5    

Military continued

 


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