Three new polls suggest a growing number of Canadians want more money spent on defence

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Three new public opinion surveys suggest Canadians are growing more concerned about the state of the country’s military — and about Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump’s threats to abandon allies who don’t invest in defence.

The Angus Reid Institute released new data Tuesday showing a larger share of Canadians — 29 per cent — are choosing military preparedness and the country’s place on the world stage as their top political priority. Almost a decade ago, that figure was just 12 per cent.

“Slightly more than half (53 per cent) say Canada should increase its spending level to two per cent or beyond,” the survey analysis said

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