Nobody Wanted A Military Parade

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U.S. Army Reserve/Master Sgt. Michel Sauret

Americans didn’t shed a lot of tears over President Donald Trump’s abrupt decision to cancel his plans for a military parade, according to a poll released Wednesday.


  • The majority of respondents, 68 percent, approved of the cancellation, an Economist/YouGov poll found. And 75 percent said they were either “not very disappointed,” or “not disappointed at all.”
  • Trump announced last week that the procession would be postponed until at least next year after news outlets reported the estimated cost had surged to $92 million. He had wanted to put on a show to match the Bastille Day celebration that dazzled him in Paris last year.
  • But the idea never caught on with potential audiences in the United States, according to the poll conducted Aug. 19-21. Forty-seven percent of respondents were either somewhat or strongly opposed to the idea of a large military parade in Washington, D.C., compared with 30 percent who either somewhat or strongly favored it, the poll showed.
  • Republicans, however, were more amenable. They favored the idea, 55 percent to 29 percent opposed, compared with 15 percent in favor and 68 percent opposed among Democrats.
  • The web-based poll sampled 1,500 American adults from YouGov’s opt-in internet panel using random sample matching. It had a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

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