A poll conducted by the Center for Public integrity, the Program for Public Consultation (PPC) and the Stimson Center released back in May found that Americans support cutting military spending but a new analysis of the poll’s results shows that overwhelming majorities in both Republican (74 percent) and Democratic (80 percent) congressional districts support drastically reducing military spending.
The survey also found poll respondents living in districts that receive higher amounts of defense budget dollars “were no less willing” than respondents in districts that get the least amount of federal military spending to reduce the Pentagon’s share of the budget. U.S. News reports:
“Three quarters of respondents in the top 10 percent of beneficiary districts favored reductions, and their average cut slightly exceeded that of the full sample,” the organizations said in a statement. “Overall, there was no statistical correlation between the level of defense spending in a district and the level of support for defense cuts.
With the military spending sequester looming — a $500 billion 10-year cut from the Pentagon budget — Republicans and defense industry representatives have been fearmongering about resulting job losses (despite the fact that military spending is not meant to be a jobs program). But PPC director Steven Kull said in a statement that “the idea that Americans’ would want to keep total defense spending up so as to preserve local jobs is not supported by the data.”
As the group reported back in May, respondents from Republican districts support reducing the Pentagon’s budget by 15 percent and those from Democratic districts by 22 percent, “or between 50 and 100 percent more than under ‘sequestration.’”
A report from the Congressional Budget Office last week further weakened arguments from those claiming that the military spending cuts sequester will decimate the military, finding that the reductions will simply bring the Pentagon back to levels spent in 2006.