A new Gallup poll shows fewer Americans than ever believe the U.S. military is the best in the world. That poll, and the reasons behind it, is the topic of the Fox News video below.
Only 49% of adults polled think the United States is the world's top military power which is the lowest percentage in the 23-year history of the poll. That number is down 10 percentage points since last year.
Why are Americans evenly split with 49% saying "yes" and 49% saying "no" when asked if the U.S. is No. 1 in the world militarily?
According to some experts, "The sight of America's protracted wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the downsizing across the Armed Forces (including an ongoing 40,000-troop drawdown from the US Army), and persistent condemnation from Republican presidential nominees of the drop in military spending seem to have convinced more of the public that the country's military is a shadow of its former self."
David Segal, director of the Center for Research on Military Organization at the University of Maryland, doesn't agree with the sentiment. "We as a nation have recognized some of the problems with the military, and they are real problems. It doesn't mean we're weak. It means we're not perfect," he adds. "We probably have the most effective military force I have seen in the years I've been studying the American military, and I've been studying [it] since the 1960s."
What are your thoughts on this Gallup poll? Why do you think the numbers are at the lowest point in the history of the poll? Is the Obama administration and our military leaders doing enough to keep Americans safe? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.
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