Support For Defense Spending Reaches Highest Point Since 9/11

Thirty-five percent of Americans favor increased defense spending, reaching the highest level of support since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, according to a Pew report released Thursday.

The last time support for defense spending was this high was in the aftermath of the terror attacks in New York and Washington, when 50 percent of Americans were in favor of increased spending.

While support for more defense spending has increased across party lines, it’s mainly Republicans who feel strongly about it.

About 6 in 10 Republicans favor more spending, a 24-point jump since 2014. By contrast, just 20 percent of Democrats and 31 percent of independents say they want to increase spending.