Most NATO Members Reluctant to Boost Military Spending

© REUTERS / Kacper PempelSoldiers walk after demonstration of their skills during a military police exercise before the NATO summit in July in Warsaw at the PGE National Stadium in Warsaw, Poland May 24, 2016
Soldiers walk after demonstration of their skills during a military police exercise before the NATO summit in July in Warsaw at the PGE National Stadium in Warsaw, Poland May 24, 2016 - Sputnik International
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Only a third of NATO member states think they should increase defense spending, a Pew Research poll revealed on Wednesday.

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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Despite growing security threats to member countries, most NATO members appear reluctant to boost their own countries’ military spending.

Only 32 percent of NATO nations think the defense spending should be increased, while 47 percent want it to remain at the current level, according to the survey.

However, 14 percent of the polled said the spending should be decrease.

The Netherlands and Poland are the top two countries in support of the increased military spending, while Spain, Italy and Greece would like to invest less.

"Americans are torn between maintaining current spending (40 percent) and increasing the defense budget (35 percent)," the poll suggests.

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Overall, 57 percent across the NATO member states have favorable views of the military alliance, with the strongest support coming from Poland the Netherlands.

At the same time, majority of Greeks, or 69 percent, have unfavorable views of NATO.

The next NATO summit is scheduled to take place in Warsaw, Poland on July 8-9.

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