Armed Forces News

Army Sgt. 1st Class Chelsea Porterfield, sergeant of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, renders honors during a wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, Va., Jan. 20, 2021. (Army photo by Elizabeth Fraser)

Trust and confidence in the U.S. military has fallen 14 percentage points since 2018, according to a survey conducted by the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute. At the same time, the survey showed that the armed forces remain “the most trusted institution by a large margin.”

The survey also showed that three-quarters of all Americans, representing those who identify themselves as both Republican and Democrat – favor an increase in defense spending. Other findings:

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* Concerns about domestic violence are increasing, with 61 percent of all Americans believing that they pose at least as great a risk as those emanating from abroad.
* Nearly two-thirds of all respondents eschew isolationism and favor continued maintenance of overseas military installations.
* Thirty-seven percent of all respondents believe the threat posed by China is increasing. Concern about human rights in China and Russia also is high.
* Most respondents – 55 percent – believe the U.S. is overly reliant on non-allies for national security materials.

The survey was conducted by an independent research firm, which canvassed more than 2,500 adult U.S. citizens between Feb. 4 and 21.