Poll Says Nearly Half Of Americans Support Mandatory National Service

America was certainly a different place when many men, and women, served the country in their early years. America was a thing to be protected, supported and heralded. There was more respect for our history, patriotism, and service. Generations since that time have lost that perspective, perhaps because they have never served.

Newsmax has the story:

Almost half of Americans are in favor of young men and women being required to participate in national service for one year, according to a Gallup poll released Friday.

  • 49 percent favor a requirement for military or non-military service work in the U.S. or abroad. 45 percent are against such a requirement. 
  • Breaking down the poll results by age, a majority of people from 18 to 29 — those who would be affected by such a requirement — oppose the idea.
  • Ages 18 to 29: 39 percent support it, while 57 percent oppose.
  • Ages 30 to 49: 41 percent support the idea, compared to 50 percent who oppose.
  • Ages 50 to 64: 53 percent support, 41 percent oppose.
  • 65 and older: 66 percent support, 29 percent oppose.
  • 57 percent of men and 41 percent of women favor a requirement.

More men than women support the idea: 57 percent of men and 41 percent of women favor a requirement.

There may be something to the idea of some kind of mandatory service. Character was stronger, respect for country and veterans was a given.

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