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Poll: No one really cared that Trump’s military parade was canceled

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President Donald Trump salutes on his arrival on Air Force One
President
Donald Trump salutes on his arrival on Air Force
One


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Martinez Monsivais/AP



  • President Donald Trump canceled a big military parade
    through the nation’s capital his fall after reports emerged
    that the event’s cost had ballooned to $92 million.
  • A new Economist/YouGov poll suggests
    that most Americans approved of the decision to cancel the
    parade.
  • A majority of respondents — 75 percent — were either
    “not very disappointed” or “not disappointed at all.”

A
new poll
suggests that Americans weren’t particularly
disappointed to find out that President Donald Trump had decided
to cancel his big military parade — in fact, it seems that
most people surveyed couldn’t care less.

The president decided last week to cancel a military parade
inspired by France’s annual Bastille Day celebration in Paris and
expected to be held in Washington, DC this November after CNBC

broke
the news that the parade would cost at least $92
million, $80 million more than initially estimated. The
initial $12 million estimate was reportedly based on a review of
expenses for the Gulf War parade held in the capital in 1991, ABC
News
introduced
.

Trump said that the parade might be held next year if the costs
can be brought down, further adding that the money for the parade
could be spent on “some more fighter jets.” The estimated cost of
the military parade is roughly equivalent to the 2017 cost of an
F-35 stealth fighter.

Thousands of military personnel and civilians, accompanied by
vehicles and aircraft, were expected to participate in the
parade. 

News of the cancellation/possible postponement apparently didn’t
give many American the summertime blues.
An Economist/YouGov poll, conducted August 19-21 and
first
reported
by CQ Roll Call, revealed that 75 percent of
respondents were either “not very disappointed” or “not
disappointed at all.” The latter category was the majority with
54 percent.

Among the respondents, 68 percent approved of the
cancellation of the parade, which many observers have criticized
for being unnecessary. While Republicans tended to favor the idea
of having a big military parade in the capital, opposition was
strong among Democrats.

The margin of error for the poll, which surveyed 1,500
American adults using an opt-in Internet panel with random sample
matching, is said to be plus or minus three percentage
points.

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