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Latino Daily News

Sunday March 27, 2011

Most Americans Support U.S. Helping Only Certain Countries Militarily – Mexico & Panama on List

Most Americans Support U.S. Helping Only Certain Countries Militarily – Mexico & Panama on List

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The United States has defense treaties with a number of nations around the globe, and Rasmussen Reports is asking Americans periodically how they feel about going to bat for these countries if they’re attacked. On the latest list of nine countries, most Americans support the United States helping to defend just two of them militarily, Panama and the Bahamas.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that 58% of American Adults support the United States offering military assistance to Panama if it is attacked. Only 29% oppose helping Panama, while 13% are undecided. 

The same number (58%) supports sending military aid to the Bahamas if that country is attacked. Thirty percent (30%) oppose helping to defend the Bahamas, and 12% are undecided.

In September of last year, a majority of adults favored defending militarily only five of 18 countries regularly in the news – Canada, Great Britain, Israel, Germany and Mexico, in that order. Then in January, five more countries including Australia and Italy - were added to that list. 

Nearly half of Americans (49%) are opposed to providing defense aid to Argentina, but 30% are in favor of helping the Latin American nation defend itself. Another 22% are undecided.