Guesses about the amount of money spent on defense in 1989 (correct answer=26%) were all over the place. Don’t know of any more recent survey questions like this but I’d love to see it replicated.
Confirmation of a long-term finding here: many Americans’ perceptions of where their tax money goes don’t match reality. 70% of respondents chose a category other than foreign aid as being the least costly. In reality, foreign aid makes up a tiny