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Wednesday, August 18, 2004

National Security Passes Economy As People's Biggest Concern

August 18, 2004
For the first time since the Vietnam era, national security issues are looming larger than economic issues in an election year," said Andrew Kohut, director of the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press.

Such issues as war, terrorism and foreign policy were named as the most important facing the nation by four people in 10, while one-fourth of those polled said economic issues were most important. In January, national security issues were even with economic issues in this poll.

The last election year when national security issues were rated the most important was 1972, according to Pew's analysis of its own and Gallup Poll data going back half a century. It's unclear whether the security focus is of more benefit to President Bush or Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry. ...

Nine in 10 say taking measures to protect the United States from terrorist attacks is a top priority.

Six in 10 say the use of military force can sometimes be justified against countries that may seriously threaten this country but have not attacked. Bush is seen as stronger on handling terrorism than Kerry. ... FR Reprint.

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