The Trump administration recently announced that they’d be pressing forward with plans to create a sixth branch of the U.S. military — a space force — that is expected to be operational as soon as 2020.
While the idea has received incredible amounts of criticism from President Donald Trump’s detractors and the liberal media, it appears that the American people are supportive of the plan to create an American force that will protect our interests in space.
According to The Washington Times, a recent poll showed that 56 percent of all U.S. voters agreed that U.S. security in space was a top priority that needed to be addressed.
That majority of all voters included 69 percent of Republicans, 51 percent of independents and even 47 percent of Democrats, a fairly significant level of support across the board for Trump’s naming of a space force as a national security priority.
The poll of roughly 2,000 voters was conducted between Aug. 10-12 by Politico/Morning Consult and asked respondents such questions as if the U.S. faced threats from adversaries via space, how safe our nation’s satellites are in space, if they would support the creation of a space force and how that future space force should be funded in the budget.
Though it was widely agreed that defending U.S. interests in space is a priority, support for the creation of a standalone space force was slightly lower, as 43 percent supported the idea while 33 percent were opposed and 25 percent had no opinion.
As to the potential threats the U.S. faces from space, 51 percent said there was some level of threat while 23 percent suggested there was no threat and 26 percent were unsure. Nevertheless, and along those lines, 62 percent of voters thought U.S. satellites in space were safe right now while 21 percent thought they weren’t safe and 19 percent simply couldn’t say one way or the other.
How to fund a space force
Things got a little bit trickier when it came to how exactly a potential space force would be funded in the future, with 28 percent suggesting Congress appropriate extra funding for the new branch and 43 percent suggesting funding be carved out of the existing defense budget.
Should Congress ultimately decline to provide approval for the creation of a new military branch devoted to outer space, 37 percent of voters would support the Trump administration “finding alternative ways” to create such a force regardless, while 39 percent opposed the administration pressing forward with the idea and 24 percent had no opinion on the matter.
In the big scheme of things, the idea of a space force military branch really wasn’t all that important to most voters, at least in terms of how they plan to vote on various candidates, as only 33 percent said a candidate’s stance on the space force was important while 60 percent said it was unimportant to their decision.
President Trump has made it abundantly clear in recent remarks that he views the security of American assets and interests in space as part of our national security, and he intends to create an entirely new branch of the military that will be solely focused on defending those assets and interests from our nation’s enemies and rivals.
All criticism and polling data aside, the creation of a space force is necessary and is going to happen eventually, and hopefully Congress will work cooperatively with the administration to make it happen in the least partisan manner, as our national security is at stake.