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47% of Americans don’t believe the U.S. is the world’s top military power

47% of Americans don’t believe the U.S. is the world’s top military power

A somewhat baffling finding from Pew. The drop-off since 2010 seems to be the result of Republicans who think the U.S. has weakened militarily under Barack Obama — in 2010, 73 percent put the U.S. at number one. 

Today, Republicans and Democrats actually feel about the same, with 53 percent and 55 percent respectively saying that the U.S. military is No. 1. Independents, on the other hand, are less sure, with only 43 percent saying they think the U.S. has the most powerful military. 

(For the record, the U.S. spends more on its military than the next 13 countries combined.)

Hat tip: Michael Cohen