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    Poll: 79% of Americans Want Defense Cuts, Other 21% Probably Lobbyists

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    Sad news for the military-industrial complex, which will have to spend more on advertisements to scare Americans into supporting defense spending.

    According to a University of Maryland survey released Wednesday, 79% of Americans support US defense budget cuts, including nuclear weapons and missile defense. Defense cuts polled well across party lines, with 86% of Democrats, 71% of Republicans, and 78% of Independents supporting, respectively.

    Republicans, a group that identifies with fiscal conservatism, had the lowest appetite for defense cuts, with respondents favoring $12 billion in defense cuts.

    Independents, by contrast, land in the middle of the road, calling for $20 billion in cuts.

    The "tax and spend liberals," as the GOP loves to call Democrats, would take a hacksaw to the defense industry budget, favoring a sizable curtailment of defense industry funding, some $36 billion.

    The poll, conducted between December 20 and February 1 surveyed 7,126 respondents across the US, with a margin of error of plus or minus 1.4 percent.

    Respondents expressed concern at how much the US defense budget has grown, with 56% nationally saying that the 2015 US $573 billion defense budget was more than they realized.

    Despite the vast majority of respondents advocating defense cuts, the results surprisingly found that 56% favored keeping the 5,500 troops currently deployed in Afghanistan to maintain a defense presence.

    Additionally, 56% of Americans favored continued defense spending on the development of a long range strike bomber, the B-21.

    Finally, the perennial favorite, the US nuclear submarine fleet, remains popular, with 54% of Americans opposed to shrinking the fleet.

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    • jas
      Sad news for the military-industrial complex, which will have to spend more on advertisements to scare Americans into supporting defense spending.
      That's not how the shadow government works. They conspire to murder hundreds or thousands, then blame it on their target.
    • siberianhusky
      Let's not forget that 1.5 Trillion dollars for 2300 for that defective F-35's. The sheep will allow them to get money, if they object then they will tell the sheep are not patriotic enough.

      Josef Goebbels would have loved to live in these times and see that what he said is still holding true.

      Tell the big lie big enough and often enough and the sheep will believe it.
    • hp
      And private police too. With insurance so they can't "OFFICER IMMUNITY" us to death.
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