In a recent Rasmussen Reports telephone poll of 1,000 Americans, the following attitudes about NASA and its projects come to light:
Should the current goals of the space program include sending someone to Mars?
36% of American Adults agree
27% are not sure
Space Program Should be Funded by;
36% Government should continue to fund
38% Private Sector . . .
25% Not Sure
From January to April 1% went from undecided to Private sector on the above question
Is it important for US to have unmanned space program?
60% Say it’s important
20% Say it very important (part of the 60%)
31% Say unmanned space-ships not important
9% Say not important at all
(53% Say economy most important issue)
Given the state of the economy the US should cut back on space exploration
49% Say yes (up 5% since last year)
24% Say no and oppose cutback in this area
18% Say not sure
Overall opinion of NASA and NASA programs
78% have a somewhat or very opinion of NASA
27% have a very favorable opinion (part of the 78% above)
3% Very unfavorable (included in 14% above)
Has the scientific value of the Hubble Telescope been worth the cost?
47% Say yes
21% Say no
32% Not sure
NOTE: Margin of Sampling Error, +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence
(Sorry, I don’t know where the missing percentages are in cases they don’t add up to 100%)