More Americans Think The US Spends "Too Little" Than "Too Much" On The Military

Tyler Durden's picture

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.

Infographic: 1 In 3 Say The U.S. Spends Too Little On The Military  | Statista

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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.

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Bay of Pigs's picture

Comical. Shows how brainwashed, deluded and misinformed the American public is.

Almost $600 BILLION dollars a year? WTF?

curbjob's picture

The m'fucker of ironies, our obituary should read;

"here lies the carcass of empire;  bankrupted by the ideal of defeating centrally controlled economies;

who in their death throws,

believed their salvation to be ... a centrally controlled economy"

fishbum2's picture

More like $1 Trillion if you add in parts outside of the defense budget like national intelligence, VA system, pensions, nuclear weapons at the Dept of Energy, etc...

Escrava Isaura's picture

Bay of Pigs: Comical. Shows how brainwashed, deluded and misinformed the American public is. WTF?

Some Hedgers might finding shocking that even after 20 years of internet most Americans aren’t able to see some indisputable, undeniable facts. But there are reasons for that. And here are two, if one bothers to look at them retrospectively:  

American has been a war economy/mentality from its foundation. It tried to invade Canada twice.

Two, Americans are very fundamentalists that make them gullible, susceptible to manipulation.


338's picture

Actually 578B only gets us through Sept.


Yeah, there's gonna be some swamp draining in t-minus 3.....2......1........


Never mind, it's all been cancelled, back to slaving and theiving the cattle on the farm of the ussa.



I am Jobe's picture

Most of them miss the Yellow Ribbons and Caskets . 

I am Jobe's picture

Most Americans prefer to stay ignorant. Gossip shit they care about

lincis's picture

you're fucked yanks

FredGSanford.'s picture

We spend a lot. Not sure how we could spend more.

FredGSanford.'s picture

We could take half of what we spend on 'defense' and give all of us free health care.

Jayda1850's picture

Death is the only industry we have left, both home and abroad.

cossack55's picture

One of the few "growth industries"

cheech_wizard's picture

Still looking for that "free" shit? Nothing in life is free. Absolutely nothing.

Standard Disclaimer: Member for 2 weeks 6 days - Explains a lot. Actually it explains everything.
Mustafa Kemal's picture

"Still looking for that "free" shit? Nothing in life is free."

This form of crackpot realism. Indeed, Halliburtons millions that they made on the invasion of Iraq is something like free. Free money. Lots of it.

The point of the post, to my mind, was exactly towards your  mind set. You quibble over a few billion to provide basic health care or education to americans, but you dont find

650B$ to MIC as objectionable.

Crackpot realism at its finest.

any_mouse's picture

I've got your free health care.

Take better care of yourself. Less eating crud and more exercise. Read. Get involved in your community.

Be responsible for your own outcome.

clinically alive's picture

CIA staff writing articles on Zerohedge now?

Nexus789's picture

Only a nation of half enlightened half wits could squander the unrivaled wealth accumulated after the end of WW2.

44magnum's picture

Only a nation governed by children with a we the peoples credit card controlled by a private banking cartel that sets no credit limit on those kids could squander the unrivaled wealth accumulated after the end of WW2. Priceless FDRcard

Fixed it.

whatisthat's picture

There is perceived benefit to obtain quality and value for expenditures on military defense equipment and services..

Tiwin's picture

didnt the pollsters say Hildebeast was a sure thing?


Joe A's picture

The US spends more on the military then all other industrial countries combined and 10 times as much as Russia but still it is not enough? The problem is waste spending and overpriced projects. Not that ordinary components are cheap.

Northern Flicker's picture

Trump needs to put in Term Limits for the revolving doors in the MIC.

cheech_wizard's picture

The truth is most ordinary components are cheap. So cheap in fact, the MIC will spend money having them tested to military specs.

Standard Disclaimer: Try pricing out the difference between (m)ilitary, (i)ndustrial, and (c)ommercial electronic components sometime.

Sudden Debt's picture

The American Army just isn't efficient enough and way overstreched.

The real question will be what America's enemies will do to America once America goes bankrupt and can't deffend itself anymore.

The number of countries who are going to attack America will be standing in line where international courts will have to decide who gets what piece after bombing the place 20 times in a row.

And the problem with America is that it's to big to defend itself anyway and that's why the American army took on the offensive position.

How do you defend a country where every town is 50 miles away at least from each other and where the shorelines are immense?

How do you defend a country where the biggest part of the population lives in just a few cities that can be nukes in just a few minutes while eliminating most of the defenses at the same time?

And without the US militairy that threathens every "ally" why would anybody help America?

So with the 20 trillion debt ceiling comming close... and it being 24 in 4 years from now... at least... the days without a US militairy are fast approaching.

And from superpower to defenseless is a very small line.

Just look how Russia crashed to defenseless in just a matter of days when the wall came down due to Russia going bankrupt.

BritBob's picture

Spending on NATO – Percentage of GDP 2016 - United States, 3.61%. Greece, 2.38%. Britain, 2.21%. Estonia, 2.16%. Poland, 2%. France, 1.78%. Turkey, 1.56%. Norway, 1.54%. Lithuania, 1.49%. Romania, 1.48%. Latvia, 1.45%. Portugal, 1.38%. Bulgaria, 1.35%. Croatia, 1.23%. Albania, 1.21%. Germany, 1.19%. Denmark, 1.17%. Netherlands, 1.17%. (NATO Stats published by CNN 18 July 2016)

blentus's picture

I am sure that average American is an expert on military buget issues and would reliably know whether it is too little, too much or just right.

A poll nation. Beyond retarded.

cheech_wizard's picture

At least some of us know how to spell "budget"...

Standard Disclaimer: Try hitting that checkmark with the ABC above it next time.

Doug Eberhardt's picture

My guess is this poll is conducted with landline possessing older Fox News watching Republicans. They aren't polling millennials on their cell phone here. You know, the ones who have to pay for this shit we decide is in their best interest.

Sean Hannity, for example, a Catholic who couldn't tell you what just war theory is, would twist the minds of the Fox cult by painting peace loving Ron Paul, who stood for bringing our troops home from the 187 nations and stop meddling (where would we be today if he was President with our foreign policy in the Middle East?) as an isolationist. 

Instead, these brainwashed neoconservatives that have taken over the Republican Party chose war loving, economic deprived idiot John McCain?

Most youth today are becoming left leaning because both parents have to work, leaving the upbringing to liberal teachers. The same lifestyle our parents had in the 50's with one spouse working now requires two and that is the result of a devalued currency (inflation) and $20 trillion of debt future generations are straddled with to pay for your fucking military who haven't fought a "declared" war since 1945. 

Awareness of what's really going on won't hit those who want to spend more on the military till they find out that the next undeclared war where they institute a draft will have Mexico building a wall to keep the YOUTH of America from escaping this death spiral of economic and military madness our leaders constructed. 

But hey, any nation that doesn't want to use the dollar as it's currency, blow em up! The dollar is as strong as it is today BECAUSE we have a strong military. It sure as hell ain't 40 years of declining Real GDP. Reagan started the ball rolling in the 80's with his spending on the military and every President since, left and right, has continued with this policy and Trump is increasing military spending also. 

So let's keep this charade of a piece of paper having value and printing more, and interest on the National Debt down to zero and keep piling on more, and pretend everything will turn out peachy because interest rates will never go up, right? 

any_mouse's picture

Millennials pay for shit?

Don't they think everything is free and they only have to pay for things because of greedy, bitter, old, white people.

Polls have reached peak fake.

The problem isn't what the spend is for, it is that the FED creates public debt to pay for it all.

The Federal government is just too damn big.

Doug Eberhardt's picture

any_mouse, my comment addressed the poll and it's source, not the fact most millennials are clueless. I remember watching Russell Brand on the MTV Video Music awards one year (research purposes) ask the question ; "What's wrong with you America? Our Healthcare is free!" Dumb as fuck. 

BTW, the Fed is a creation of Congress. They are the ones who continue to increase the debt ceiling. See March 15. 

sinbad2's picture

Measuring military capability in dollars is not an accurate measure of capability.

fishbum2's picture

Worse, all that spending is based on very old thinking, like a new $13 Billion aircraft carrier. I'll take a 100,000 drone submarines instead of the carrier, armed with some mines and missiles and simply overwhelm defenses with only a few hundred drones attacking. Or as rumored, China has a cruise missile which flies at hypersonic speeds, think 3,000 mph +, that's about 1 mile per second, again overwhelms defenses and either one  turns your navy into sitting ducks.

Faeriedust's picture

Shhhhshhh.  Never speak the truth in the company of politicians.  They could drop dead of fright.

Faeriedust's picture

America wouldn't need to spend as much on its military as France if it kept to the foreign policy recommended by our Founders: no standing armies, and no foreign wars.  Don't steal from others; beat the shit out of anyone who tries to steal from you.  If we minded our own business, who would even be ABLE to invade?  Canada?  Mexico?  Are the Chinese going to airlift troops over four thousand miles of ocean if we don't give them a damned good reason to want to?

fishbum2's picture

Don't forget : If you terrorize people long enough, eventually they will terrorize you back. Your aircraft carriers won't be of much use in stopping that process and are usually the cause.

JailBanksters's picture

If you want Peace all you have to do is stop killing people.

How much will peace cost .... $0 dollars.

Peanut Butter Engineer's picture

It's media that's constantly portraying our military to be weak and poor thus generate more support for budget increases in military offense.

red1chief's picture

Terminology matters also. I like your use of the term "offense". Instead of a "defense" budget the media should call it what it is: an "offense" budget.

Secret Weapon's picture

When the Pentagon can account for the missing 6 TRILLION from its budget then I will consider them worthy of further funding. 

Secret Weapon's picture

Lets see a poll between spending more on the Pentagon or keeping more of your paycheck. 

ZeroBeek's picture

America = Roman Empire

They need their wapons to dominate the rest of the world.

atlasRocked's picture

If all other spending growth tracked military spending since 1960, we'd have a huge surplus. 

The "military is causing the deficit" is a giant propagand lie - like putting a 50lb weight and a 25 lb weight on the ends of a barbell, and claiming the 25lb weigh is heavier. 

All the fake liberals will jump in on this thread to hide the fact the social program growth is our budget problem – not the military.

red1chief's picture

The real military budget is over $1 trillion, when you include all the empire influence/security complex. Yes, social program growth is part of the problem, but the bleeding of society by Wall St. and the multinationals is much worse.

red1chief's picture

Article summary: 69% are dumb.

Northern Flicker's picture

Hillary's new LGBT regiments and pizza brigades?

bshirley1968's picture

I have said it before and will say it again, 250 men could put this country on its knees using what could be carried in their packs........and I don't mean nukes.

Not saying those 250 would live, but a military strike against the US would be suicidal at this point.  Well placed and timed sabotage,  would be devastating.  

Northern Flicker's picture

A responsible 4th estate (i.e., the "press") could enlighten the American people on this waste, but what else is new.

any_mouse's picture

The pollsters went to areas with major military installations, major defense plants, and major military retirement communities.

Since the USA was set up as a New Holy Roman Empire, it is only fitting that we go bankrupt from a combination of devalued currency, endless foreign wars, and internal decay.

mr1963's picture

The military has morphed into a welfare office. I'm not saying there's not professional soldiers in it and that they can't fight, there are, but in general, it's a welfare office.

aka_ces's picture

i.e. the majority of Americans are complicit in the nefarious adventures of the national State ...

assuming the poll is actually representative (doubts above).