85% Say NO DRAFT! (per Gallup)

85% Say NO DRAFT! (per Gallup)
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Nancy Lieder
Saturday, June 25, 2005 07:27 am

Gallup: Those Opposed to Military Draft Hit Record High

By E&P Staff

Published: June 24, 2005 10:10 AM ET

NEW YORK With military recruitment shortfalls reaching a near-crisis, a new Gallup poll suggests further troubles, as far fewer American adults express support for their children enlisting. Gallup also has found that Americans opposed the return of the military draft by overwhleming numbers, with 85% against it, the highest level ever.

In what it calls a “significant decline,” Gallup found that by a bare majority, of 51% to 48%, parents would support a decision by one of their children to join the military. This is down from 66% positive to 29% negative in 1999.

Surprisngly, there is only slight difference among parents who have served in the military and those who have not. Just 56% of the veterans would support a decision to join the milltairy

Many back the idea of some sort of mandatory military training leading to joining the reserves after a kid reaches the age of 18. Some 35% back this notion, but this is still barely half the number in 1955.