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US: Only 1 In 4 Americans Approved National Defense Authorization Act – Poll

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Only one in four likely voters (24%) say they approve of the National Defense Authorization Act, and only 4% say they strongly support it, according to a recent poll. The question of whether or not likely voters approve or disapprove of the NDAA was asked after the act was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives, but before signing by President Barack Obama on New Year’s Eve.

According to an IBOPE Zogby Interactive survey, Republicans (30%) are more likely to say they support the NDAA than Independents (22%) and Democrats (21%).

Critics of the act say it includes provisions to authorize the military to detain U.S. citizens without trial, while supporters say the wording is a hedge to help fight terrorism, according to the poll.

Additionally, thirty-eight percent of likely voters say they oppose the NDAA as it was approved by the House, while another 38% say they are not sure.

The IBOPE Zogby International survey of 2,310 likely voters was conducted from December 22-26. A sampling of IBOPE Zogby International’s online panel, which is representative of the adult population of the U.S., was invited to participate. Slight weights were added to region, party, age, race, religion, gender and education to more accurately reflect the population. The margin of error is +/- 2.1 percentage points. Margins of error are higher in sub-groups.

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