A new poll shows Americans’ faith in the country’s military power is shrinking.
A Gallup poll released Monday found that less than half of Americans believe the U.S. is the world’s strongest military power. When asked if the U.S is the number one military power in the world, 49 percent said “yes” and 49 percent said “no.”
Gallup said the poll “also marks a significant downturn from last February, when 59% said the U.S. was the world’s top military power.”
The poll also found that two thirds of Americans believe it is important to be the number one military power. Views on this issue divide along party lines — 66 percent of Republicans say the U.S. is spending too little on the military, while only 20 percent of Democrats say the same. Similarly, 45 percent of Democrats believe military spending is too high and only 9 percent of Republicans agree.
While the U.S. does have the strongest military in the world, the perception of American weakness could play a major roll in the 2016 election. The sequester has lead to a recent cut in military spending, but the U.S far outspends the rest of the world. The U.S’s strength is followed by Russia and China.
The poll surveyed 1,021 adults from Feb. 3-7 in all 50 states and Washington, D.C.
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