Key findings:

  • Americans want to cut the defense budget deeply to help deal with the deficit, more than they want to cut other programs or raise taxes.
  • There is broad consensus on this goal, including large majorities of Republicans, Democrats, young, old, males and females.
  • Around three-quarters of Americans think spending should be cut for air power, ground forces, and naval forces.
  • Nuclear arms were given the biggest proportional hit, while ground forces took the biggest dollar hit; special forces had the most support.
  • More than eighty percent of Americans are convinced “there is a lot of waste in the national defense budget.”