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Nearly All Vets Proud of Their Service, but One in Three Believes Wars Were Not Worth It

Jupiterimages/Comstock(WASHINGTON) -- A new poll from the Pew Research Center out Wednesday finds that one in three U.S. veterans believes that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were not worth fighting, weighing the costs and benefits.

Also from Pew Research, 96% of these veterans feel proud of their military service, yet more than four in ten of them report that they have had difficulties readjusting to civilian life at home. Similarly, 37% of these veterans say that they have suffered from post-traumatic stress, though not necessarily formally diagnosed.

More than 700 veterans who served after the September 11th attacks were surveyed as a part of this poll.

The full report includes additional statistics detailing the characterization of post-9/11 veterans, pre- 9/11 veterans, and the general public’s relation with the military.

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American Opinion of Asia, China on the Rise

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) – Almost half of Americans believe that Asia is the most important region in the world in regards to its military, political and economic ties to the United States, a possible reflection of changing perceptions of world power.

According to a new poll by the Pew Research Center, 47 percent of Americans say Asia is most important to the U.S., while 37 percent prioritized Europe.

The figures represent a significant change over the past decade. In 2001, only 34 percent of Americans saw Asia as having the most important tie to the U.S. compared to 44 percent who said Europe was at the top of the list.

Perceptions of economic power in the world have also changed. Fifty-seven percent of Americans said China has the world’s leading economy. The figure is up 17 percent from three years ago, before the U.S. entered the economic crisis.

Furthermore, 58 percent said it is crucial the U.S. build a stronger relationship with China -- this, a week before President Obama prepares to host Chinese President Hu Jintao.

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