Thursday, May 03, 2007
Survey Says: Americans Positive About Outer Space.
"While large percentages of Americans are receptive to commercial space travel, that doesn't signal a death knell for NASA. In fact, large majorities of Americans back a space program. Four in five said that it's important to America's international prestige to have a space program, and 71% oppose any cut to NASA's budget, while one in three Americans would back increasing NASA's funding levels.With a margin of error of +- 1.4 percent, that 5 percent difference does not seem very significant. The numbers still show that 3/4 of Americans surveyed support human space travel. However you look at it, the glass is still well more than half full.
In an era of space shuttle accidents and astronaut deaths, though, there is some hesitancy to boost men and women into orbit. While 80% of Americans see a space program as vital to America's international prestige, a lower 75% believe a manned program is necessary to this purpose." (Here.)