The Associated Press poll on the military is based on telephone interviews with 1,011 randomly selected adults from all states except Alaska and Hawaii. The interviews were conducted Sept. 17-24 by ICR of Media, Pa.

The results were weighted to represent the population by demographic factors such as age, sex, region and education.

No more than one time in 20 should chance variations in the sample cause the results to vary by more than 3 percentage points from the answers that would be obtained if all Americans were polled.

This margin of sampling error is larger for responses of subgroups, such as income categories. There are other sources of potential error in polls, including the wording and order of questions.

The poll's questions:

1. Do you think federal spending on military and defense programs should be increased, decreased or kept about the same?

_increased, 34 percent

_decreased, 12 percent

_kept about the same, 47 percent

_don't know, 7 percent

_refused, 1 percent

2. As you may have heard, Congress is considering a pay increase for those who serve in the U.S. military. Do you support or oppose raising their pay?

_support, 78 percent

_oppose, 13 percent

_don't know, 9 percent

3. If you had a son or daughter who was planning to enter the military, would you support that step or would you suggest a different occupation?

_would support entering military, 66 percent

_suggest a different occupation, 29 percent

_don't know, 5 percent

4. How much confidence do you have in America's armed forces? Do you have a good deal of confidence, some confidence, very little confidence or no confidence at all?

_good deal of confidence, 64 percent

_some confidence, 28 percent

_very little confidence, 5 percent

_no confidence at all, 2 percent

_don't know, 1 percent

5. Do you support or oppose using U.S. troops as peacekeepers in such places as Bosnia or East Timor?

_support, 49 percent

_oppose, 42 percent

_don't know, 9 percent