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    Worries about the woes of the world have prompted a growing desire among US voters for a sharp rise in defense spending and a retreat from attempts by the United States to solve problems in other nations, a new survey by Pew Research Center revealed on Thursday.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Currently, 35 percent of those polled said the United States should increase defense spending, a rise of 12 percentage points from 23 percent since 2013, the survey added.

    "With the United States facing an array of global threats, public support for increased defense spending has climbed to its highest level since a month after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, when 50% favored more defense spending," the report found.

    Differences over military spending reveal a sharp divide between Republicans and Democrats, with 61 percent of Republicans seeking more defense outlays, exceeding Democrats with similar views by 41 percentage points, the report revealed.

    "The public views America’s role in the world with considerable apprehension and concern," the survey said. "In fact, most Americans say it would be better if the US just dealt with its own problems and let other countries deal with their own problems as best they can."

    On US foreign policy, 57 percent of the polled want the United States deal with its own problems, while letting other nations get by as best they can, compared with 37 percent who approve of the US role as a global problem solver, the survey said.

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