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The results of a new survey indicate that most Americans, from both Democratic and Republican congressional districts, support the reduction of the country’s military spending. The result of the poll, published on July 16, indicated that 76 percent of Americans favored slashing of the defense budget, while only 20 percent approved of increasing the military spending. The poll was conducted by the Program for Public Consultation (PPC), a newly-established joint program at the University of Maryland, US-based nonprofit investigative journalism organization, the Center for Public Integrity, and the Stimson Center, a nonprofit global security think tank. According to Steven Kull, the director of the PPC, those respondents, who lived in Republican districts advised a 15-percent reduction in defense spending, while those from Democratic districts proposed an average 28-percent cut. The poll further showed that the main reason behind the American citizens’ support for the cuts is their strong belief that a large amount of the military budget goes to waste. The view is held by 80 percent of the participants in Republican districts and 86 percent of the respondents in Democratic districts, the study showed. The soaring military spending comes despite the Obama administration's cuts in public spending to compensate for the budget deficit. The US has reportedly spent over USD one trillion in taxpayer money on its wars in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001. MR/HN