The ANES Guide to Public Opinion and Electoral Behavior

Military Spending (2), 7 point scale 1980-2016

  '80 '82 '84 '86 '88 '90 '92 '94 '96 '98 '00 '02 '04 '08 '12 '16
Greatly Decrease 1 3
(43)
8
(117)
8
(184)
9
(198)
8
(159)
11
(217)
8
(202)
10
(169)
4
(71)
** 3
(33)
** 3
(41)
7
(80)
5
(295)
4
(182)
2 2
(36)
8
(112)
9
(197)
10
(226)
9
(186)
11
(215)
12
(308)
10
(176)
8
(144)
** 3
(30)
** 5
(58)
7
(79)
8
(473)
5
(233)
3 5
(74)
12
(167)
11
(242)
14
(302)
12
(241)
15
(298)
20
(499)
14
(256)
14
(238)
** 7
(64)
** 8
(94)
11
(126)
14
(802)
10
(407)
4 15
(242)
26
(362)
28
(621)
27
(578)
29
(585)
29
(576)
29
(716)
33
(583)
28
(473)
** 22
(216)
** 23
(284)
24
(281)
28
(1665)
23
(971)
5 21
(330)
15
(207)
16
(353)
17
(368)
15
(305)
11
(224)
10
(260)
16
(277)
18
(303)
** 22
(215)
** 24
(295)
18
(215)
18
(1036)
18
(755)
6 20
(320)
7
(104)
9
(191)
7
(154)
8
(158)
4
(80)
4
(89)
6
(107)
9
(149)
** 15
(142)
** 13
(162)
11
(125)
10
(575)
13
(572)
Greatly Increase 7 20
(320)
4
(56)
7
(145)
5
(108)
6
(118)
4
(80)
3
(71)
3
(59)
5
(81)
** 9
(87)
** 9
(113)
8
(94)
6
(346)
11
(454)
DK, Haven't Thought 15
(239)
20
(277)
13
(295)
11
(232)
14
(276)
14
(276)
14
(336)
8
(149)
15
(254)
** 20
(192)
** 14
(164)
14
(166)
12
(720)
16
(677)
N 1604 1402 2228 2166 2028 1966 2481 1776 1713 0 979 0 1211 1166 5912 4251

Percentage Within Study Year
Table 4D.3b.

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Question Text:

"Some people believe that we should spend much less money for defense. Others feel that defense spending should be greatly increased. Where would you place yourself on this scale or haven't you thought much about this?" (7-POINT SCALE SHOWN TO R)

Percent among demographic groups who responded:

Decrease (1,2,3)
Increase (5,6,7)

Note:

2012 and 2016 data are for the combined (face-to-face and internet) sample.

In the 2012 Web instrument, Don't Know was not present as an onscreen categories for Internet, however Haven't Thought Much about it was a response option for both modes.

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