Friday, August 10, 2012

Poll Watch: Rasmussen (R) Survey on the United States Space Program

Rasmussen (R) Poll on the U.S. Space Program

Do you have a very favorable, somewhat favorable, somewhat unfavorable or very unfavorable impression of NASA?
  • Very favorable 36%
  • Somewhat favorable 40%
  • Somewhat unfavorable 13%
  • Very unfavorable 3%
Since we first landed on the moon, has the United States’ investment in space exploration been worth the expense?
  • Yes 50%
  • No 28%
  • Undecided 22%
Looking to the future, should the federal government spend more, less or about the same on space exploration?
  • More 25%
  • Less 31%
  • About the same 37%
Should the current goals of the space program include sending someone to Mars?
  • Yes 36%
  • No 38%
  • Not sure 27%
How likely is it that continuing the space program would lead to technological discoveries that would help create jobs?
  • Very likely 36%
  • Somewhat likely 30%
  • Not very/Not at all likely 23%
National survey of 1,000 adults was conducted August 7-8, 2012. The margin of error is +/- 3 percentage points.

Inside the numbers:
Sixty percent (60%) of men believe the U.S. space program has been worth the expense, but just 42% of women agree. Men are also much more likely to support sending a human to Mars.

Younger adults favor a manned mission to Mars more than their elders do.

Fifty-eight percent (58%) are following recent news reports about the U.S. space program at least somewhat closely, but only 21% are following these stories very closely.

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