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YOUR THREE CENTS: Do you think the U.S. spends too much, too little, or about the right amount on the military?

U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has recommended drastic cuts of billions of dollars that would take American military forces to its lowest level since before World War II.
               
The cuts in military spending, forces and weapons programs comes amid growing budget pressures at home, and the improbability that the U.S. will engage in a large ground war.
               
The latest Gallup survey  shows no broad consensus among Americans that the U.S. is spending too much or too little on the military.
               
37% now say the nation spends too much.
28% say it spends too little.
The rest say spending is about right.
              
Historically, Americans were most likely to believe the nation was spending "too much" on the military in 1969 (52%) and in the early 1970s, just after the peak of the Vietnam war.
               
The "too little" percentage peaked in 2000 and early 2001 as George W. Bush campaigned for and won the Presidency after a period of lower military spending during the Clinton administration.

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