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No Deferral Necessary

Four and a half years into the Iraq war, there's no groundswell to move away from an all-volunteer fighting force. In a Gallup poll out today, only 18 percent said the United States should return to the military draft.

Late last year, Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) advocated restoring compulsory military service, but Democratic leaders rebuffed the idea. In the Gallup poll most Democrats, Republicans and independents alike would oppose a draft.

Support for the draft is particularly low among young adults, those most likely to be eligible for service. Just 6 percent of 18 to 34 year-olds support the draft, while 34 percent of those aged 55 and up would like a return to mandatory service. White and non-whites are equally likely to oppose the draft.

Public support for the draft is almost unchanged over the past four years, although it has deteriorated significantly over time. When Gallup first asked the question in 1980, nearly six in 10 supported a return to the draft, which was suspended in 1973.

By Jon Cohen  |  September 7, 2007; 2:29 PM ET
Categories:  Polls  
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Yes, why support a draft when you can send someone else's children out to die. Why think of supporting the country that allowed you to make your money, raise your family in relative safety and whatever else you do with your time. Bring back the draft, no deferrals and maybe, just maybe, we'll have less stupid actions like the one that is going on right now in Iraq.

Posted by: Art | September 12, 2007 9:29 PM | Report abuse

The problem here is that we actually do have a draft today. While there is no manditory law to effect a draft, military service is a necessity for many of our poor and lower middle class young who see it as the only path out of poverty and the only way to get an education.

some of our kids have it so bad that they see the choice of serving in Iraq as safer than the drug-gang infested life on the streets of our inner cities.

Posted by: Silence Do Something | September 16, 2007 8:43 PM | Report abuse

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