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CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. Aug. 6-10, 2010. Adults nationwide.

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"All in all, would you say the U.S. space shuttle program has been a worthwhile and important program for this country, or would the money have been better spent in some other way?" N=513 (Form A), MoE 4.5

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Worthwhile,
important
Better spent
another way
Unsure
% % %

8/6-10/10

49 50 1

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"As you may know, the final space shuttle mission is scheduled for this November. Until the U.S. develops a replacement for the shuttle, all manned U.S. space flights will take place in spacecraft that are owned by other countries. Overall, how do you feel about the end of the U.S. space shuttle program: pleased, satisfied but not pleased, dissatisfied but not upset, or upset?" N=496 (Form B), MoE 4.5

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Pleased Satisfied Dissatisfied Upset Unsure
% % % % %

8/6-10/10

10 18 46 26 1

 

CBS News Poll. July 9-12, 2009. N=944 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"Forty years ago, the United States spent a great deal of time, effort, and money to land men on the moon. Looking back now, do you think that effort was worth it, or not?" 8/99: "Thirty years ago . . . ."

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Worth it Not worth it Unsure
% % %

7/9-12/09

71 24 5

8/99

71 24 5

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"Since the moon landing forty years ago, do you think the U.S. space program has accomplished more than you expected, less than you expected, or about what you expected it to accomplish by now?"

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More than
expected
Less than
expected
About what
expected
Unsure
% % % %

7/9-12/09

27 32 36 5

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"Would you favor or oppose the United States sending astronauts to explore Mars?"

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Favor Oppose Unsure
% % %

7/9-12/09

51 43 6

1/12-15/04

48 47 5

8/1-3/99

58 35 7

7/13-14/97

54 41 5

6/20-22/94

55 40 6

 

Gallup Poll. July 10-12, 2009. N=1,018 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"How would you rate the job being done by NASA, the U.S. space agency? Would you say it is doing an excellent, good, only fair, or poor job?"

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Excellent Good Only Fair Poor Unsure
% % % % %
7/10-12/09 13 45 26 7 10
9/14-16/07 16 40 29 8 6
6/23-25/06 17 40 30 7 6
8/5-7/05 16 44 29 8 3
6/24-26/05 11 42 34 6 7
9/8-10/03 12 38 36 10 4
12/99 13 40 31 12 4
7/99 20 44 20 5 11
11/98 26 50 17 4 3

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"Now I'd like to ask you about government spending on NASA. In answering, please bear in mind that sooner or later all government spending has to be taken out of the taxes that you and other Americans pay. Do you think spending on the U.S. space program should be increased, kept at the present level, reduced, or ended altogether?"

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Increased Present
Level
Reduced Ended Unsure
% % % % %
7/10-12/09 14 46 30 8 2
6/23-25/06 17 48 28 5 2
8/4-6/03 24 51 17 7 1
2/03 25 49 17 7 2
12/99 16 49 24 10 1
7/99 18 45 26 8 3
11/98 21 47 26 4 2

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"It is now forty years since the United States first landed men on the moon. Do you think the space program has brought enough benefits to this country to justify its costs, or don't you think so?"

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Has Brought
Enough
Don't Think So Unsure
% % %

7/10-12/09

58 38 4

 

ABC News Poll. Jan. 25-29, 2008. N=1,019 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"How likely do you think it is that in the years ahead ordinary people will travel in outer space? Do you think this will definitely happen, will probably happen, will probably not happen or will definitely not happen?"

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Definitely
Happen
Probably
Happen
Probably
Not Happen
Definitely
Not Happen
Unsure
% % % % %

1/25-29/08

18 47 24 9 2

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"If you had a chance in your lifetime to travel in outer space, would you do so, or not?"

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Would Would Not Unsure    
% % %    

1/25-29/08

39 60 1    

4/98

47 52 1    

1/86

44 54 2    

8/81

42 55 3    

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"Thinking about NASA, which runs the space program, do you think NASA should or should not be working on ways to establish permanent settlements where large numbers of people could live in outer space or on other planets?"

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Should Should Not Unsure    
% % %    

1/25-29/08

38 58 4    

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"Do you believe that some form of intelligent life does or does not exist in outer space?"

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Does Does Not Unsure    
% % %    

1/25-29/08

55 37 8    

7/97

56 37 7    

 

USA Today/Gallup Poll. June 23-25, 2006. N=516 adults nationwide. MoE 5.

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"Which comes closer to your view? The money the U.S. has spent on the space shuttle program would have been better spent in some other way. OR, The space shuttle program has been worth the money the U.S. has spent on it." Options rotated

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Better Spent
Another Way
Been Worth
The Money
Unsure
% % %
6/23-25/06 48 48 4

 

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. June 24-26, 2005. N=1,009 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"Do you feel the U.S. should or should not continue the manned space shuttle program?"

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Should Should
Not
Unsure
% % %
6/24-26/05 74 21 5

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"There has been much discussion about attempting to land an astronaut on the planet Mars. How would you feel about such an attempt? Would you favor or oppose the United States setting aside money for such a project?"

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Favor Oppose Unsure
% % %
6/24-26/05 40 58 2
7/99 43 54 3
7/69 39 53 8

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"As you may know, the space shuttle Columbia broke apart and was lost in an accident in February 2003. How much confidence do you have that NASA, the U.S. space agency, will be able to prevent accidents like this from happening in the future: a great deal of confidence, a fair amount, not very much, or none at all?"

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A Great
Deal
A Fair
Amount
Not Very
Much
None
At All
Unsure
% % % % %
6/24-26/05 20 56 18 5 1

 

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. Dec. 5-7, 2003. Nationwide:

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"Would you favor or oppose a new U.S. space program that would send astronauts to the moon?" Form A (N=510, MoE 5)

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Favor Oppose Unsure
% % %
12/03 53 45 2

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"Would you favor or oppose the U.S. government spending billions of dollars to send astronauts to the moon?" Form B (N=494, MoE 5)

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Favor Oppose Unsure
% % %
12/03 31 67 2

 

Associated Press Poll. July 11-15, 2003. N=1,034 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"Do you think the space program is a good investment for this country or don't you think so?"

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Is a Good
Investment
Don't
Think So
Unsure
% % %
7/03 71 21 8

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"In light of the space shuttle accident in February, in which seven astronauts were killed, do you think the United States should or should not continue to send humans into space?"

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Should Should Not Unsure
% % %
7/03 73 24 3

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"Do you think the United States should, or should not, pursue a program to send humans to Mars?"

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Should Should Not Unsure
% % %
7/03 49 42 9

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"Do you feel that civilian astronauts, such as journalists, politicians and school teachers, should or should not participate in any future space shuttle flights?"

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Should Should Not Unsure
% % %
7/03 56 38 6

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"As you may know, the space shuttle program is more than 20 years old and experienced two accidents that killed the crew members of both shuttles. Do you think the space shuttle should be grounded, or do you think the space shuttle should continue to fly?"

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Grounded Fly Unsure
% % %
7/03 28 68 4

 

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. Feb. 7-9, 2003. N=1,000 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"Some people feel the U.S. space program should concentrate on unmanned missions like Voyager 2, which send back information from space. Others say the U.S. should concentrate on maintaining a manned space program like the space shuttle. Which comes closer to your view?"

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Unmanned
Missions
Manned
Missions
Both
(vol.)
Unsure
% % % %
2/03 37 52 7 4

 

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. Feb. 2, 2003. N=462 adults nationwide. MoE 5.

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"As you may know, the space shuttle Columbia broke apart and was lost as it attempted to return to Earth yesterday . . . . In light of the space shuttle disaster yesterday in which the seven astronauts were killed do you feel the U.S. should or should not continue the manned space shuttle program?"
Should
Continue
Should
Not
Unsure
% % %
2/03 82 15 3

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"How much confidence do you have that NASA, the U.S. space agency, will be able to prevent accidents like this from happening in the future: a great deal of confidence, a fair amount, not very much, or none at all?"

A Great Deal A Fair
Amount
Not Very
Much
None
At All
Unsure
% % % % %
2/03 38 44 11 6 1

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"Looking beyond the tragedy, how would you rate the job being done by NASA? Would you say it is doing an excellent, good, only fair, or poor job?"

Excellent Good Only Fair Poor Unsure
% % % % %
2/03 45 37 13 2 3

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"Should the amount of money being spent on the U.S. space program be increased, kept at current levels, decreased or ended altogether?"

Increased Current
Levels
Decreased Ended Unsure
% % % % %
2/03 24 56 9 7 4

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"Some people say the United States should concentrate on unmanned missions like the Voyager probe. Others say it is important to maintain a manned space program, as well. Which comes closer to your view?"

Unmanned
Missions
Manned
Missions
Unsure
% % %
2/03 22 73 5
1/86 21 67 12

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"Which comes closer to your view? Yesterday's tragedy was regrettable, but you thought something like this would happen again sooner or later. OR, Yesterday's tragedy was regrettable and you didn't think something like this would ever happen again in your lifetime." Options rotated

%

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Thought it would happen again 71
Didn't think it would happen again 28
Unsure 1

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"Based on what you have heard or read, how likely do you think it is that the loss of the Space Shuttle was a terrorist act? Do you think it was definitely an act of terrorism, probably an act of terrorism, probably not an act of terrorism, or definitely not an act of terrorism?" Options rotated

%

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Definitely an act of terrorism 2
Probably an act of terrorism 10
Probably not an act of terrorism 33
Definitely not an act of terrorism 53
Unsure 2

 

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. Dec. 9-12, 1999. N=513 adults nationwide. MoE 5.

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"Do you think the federal government should or should not continue to fund efforts by NASA to send unmanned missions to explore the planet Mars?"

%
Should continue 56
Should not 40
No opinion 4

 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. Oct. 26-27, 1998. N=764 adults nationwide.

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"Are we spending too much, too little, or about the right amount on space exploration programs?"

%
Too much 34
Too little 19
Right amount 35
Don't know/No answer 12

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"If you had a chance in your lifetime to travel to outer space, would you do so, or not?"

%
Yes 43
No 55
Don't know/No answer 2

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"When you were growing up did you ever want to be an astronaut?"

%
Yes 20
No 79
Don't know/No answer 1

 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Robert Teeter (R). Oct. 24-27, 1998. N=500 registered voters nationwide.

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"It is now nearly 30 years since the United States first landed men on the moon. Do you think that the space program has brought enough benefits to this country to justify its costs, or don't you think so?"

%
Yes, enough benefits 58
Don't think so 38
Not sure 4


 


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