Americans Rank Countering Terrorism No. 1 Priority for 2015


france-terror-620x330When it comes to the top U.S. priority for 2015, more Americans believe defending the country against terrorism should be a greater focus for the federal government than the economy, jobs, education and social security, a recent study by the Pew Research Center found.

It was the number one concern. According to the poll, which surveyed 1,054 Americans, countering terrorism received a 76 percent rating as a top priority heading into the new year. This is the first time that defending against terrorism has received more support than rebuilding the economy since 2010, when it held the top position at 80 percent.

In the study, which was conducted Jan. 7-11, the economy was ranked second overall as a top priority with a 75 percent rating. Jobs and education were tied for third at 67 percent.

Pew noted that while “there has been little change over the past two years in the number saying that defending against terrorism should be a top priority; in fact, this has consistently been among the public’s leading policy goals since 2002,” battling terrorism “has moved to the top of the priorities list as the economy and jobs have fallen.”

The research study also found that strengthening the U.S. military has gained significant favor among Americans, with 52 percent saying strengthening the military should be a top priority for the federal government in 2015. That figure is up from 43 percent in January of last year. Keep reading

—Courtesy of CNS News

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