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Study shows U.S. public calling for increased national security spending

A recent study commissioned by the Aerospace Industries Association and conducted by Harris Poll shows that the nation’s voters are calling for increased national security spending.

According to the study, 69 percent of registered voters say that, given the evolving and increasing threats to American security, the government should increase spending to levels beyond the current budget caps. The same percentage says that they would be more likely to support a candidate if they had a similar view on national security threats, the study said.

These voters spanned party lines – 90 percent of Republicans, 75 percent of Independents and 69 percent of Democrats – and 78 percent of these voters agreed that national security spending should be increased particularly because of rising concerns about ISIS, al Qaeda, and others, the study found.

Sixty-nine of the respondents also said that they believe the United States are less secure due to military officials being unable to do their jobs as a direct result of the budget cuts.

About the Author

Mark Hoover is a senior staff writer with Washington Technology. You can contact him at mhoover@washingtontechnology.com, or connect with him on Twitter at @mhooverWT.

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