ARLINGTON, Va., Aug. 14, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ – Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff said last year that, “The most significant threat to our national security is our debt…” and a new poll sponsored by Concerned Veterans for America and conducted by The Winston Group, reveals that the majority of military voters agree with his statement and believe debt is a growing and insidious threat to our national security.
Pete Hegseth , CEO of Concerned Veterans for America said the following:
“It’s not surprising that the majority of military voters are aware of Admiral Mullen’s powerful statement. Our warfighters and veterans understand that our military might comes from economic strength. That’s why we’re fighting for policies here at home that will preserve the precious freedom and liberty we risked our lives to defend.”
- Concern about the future of the U.S. economy is reflected in military voters’ views that economic threats are greater dangers to national security than terror threats.
Greatest threats to national security (combined first and second choices):
- Economy – 42 %
- Debt – 30 %
- Cuts to the military – 30 %
- Traditional powers like China, Russian and Iran – 30 %
- Foreign terror groups – 29 %
- Cyber terror – 14 %
- 54% of military voters were aware of former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mullen’s statement the national debt was the most significant threat to our national security. There was a clear agreement with his statement in that 71% agreed and only 20% disagreed. Among those who agreed, 46% strongly agreed.
- There are serious concerns about where the U.S. is headed both longer term and with economic threats to the future of the country. In thinking about the U.S. economy in the next 20 years, 54% believe the economy will either be weaker (34%) or about the same as it is now (20%).
- Takeaway: Military voters view the economy and fiscal issues as part of the overall security of the country, are clearly interested in the national discussion about the economy, and are looking for solutions to address the economy and debt.
This survey was conducted July 18-22, 2012 and the results noted above are from 800 military voters both veterans and active duty.