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Sample iPOLL here, but there are more than 1,400 questions on Space Exploration since 1947!

Importance of Space Exploration

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How important do you think it is for the United States to be ahead of Russia and other countries in space exploration--very important, fairly important, or not too important?
CNN/ORC International Poll, [Jul, 2011]




Who do you think had the right idea on the importance of space exploration--President (John F.) Kennedy or President (Barack) Obama?
Sample: National registered voters
Fox News Poll, [Jul, 2011]




All in all, would you say the US (United States) 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?
Note: Asked of Form A half sample
CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll, [Aug, 2010]



Spending on Space Exploration

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We are faced with many problems in this country, none of which can be solved easily or inexpensively. I'm going to name some of these problems, and for each one I'd like you to tell me whether you think we're spending too much money on it, too little money, or about the right amount. Are we spending too much, too little, or about the right amount on...the space exploration program?
Note: Asked of 1/2 sample
General Social Survey 2012, [Mar, 2012]




We are faced with many problems in this country, none of which can be solved easily or inexpensively. I'm going to name some of these problems, and for each one I'd like you to tell me whether you think we're spending too much money on it, too little money, or about the right amount. Are we spending too much, too little, or about the right amount on...space exploration?
Note: Asked of 1/2 sample
General Social Survey 2012, [Mar, 2012]




(I am going to read out a list of some proposals for reducing the national budget deficit. Please tell me whether you agree or disagree with each idea.)...End money for commercial space flight.
Ipsos-Public Affairs/Reuters Poll, [Dec, 2010]



Manned vs. Unmanned Space Exploration

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As you may know, the current space shuttle mission will be the final time that the US (United States) will send astronauts into space using the shuttle. Until the US develops a replacement for the shuttle, all manned US space flights will take place in spacecraft that are owned by other countries. Overall, do you think the end of the space shuttle program will be good for the US, bad for the US, or not have any effect on the US at all?
CNN/ORC International Poll, [Jul, 2011]




In general, do you think the US (United States) should rely more on the government or more on private companies to run the country's manned space missions in the future?
CNN/ORC International Poll, [Jul, 2011]




As you may know, the final space shuttle mission is scheduled for this November (2010). Until the US (United States) develops a replacement for the shuttle, all manned US space flights will take place in spacecraft that are owned by other countries. Overall, how do you feel about the end of the US space shuttle program--pleased, satisfied but not pleased, dissatisfied but not upset, or upset?
Note: Asked of Form B half sample
CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll, [Aug, 2010]



Man on the Moon

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(Now I'm going to ask you about some things that have happened in the US (United States) and around the world over the last 50 years or so. For each event, please tell me if you happen to remember exactly where you were or exactly what you were doing the moment you heard the news. Just tell me 'yes' if you do remember this and 'no' if you do not. If you were not old enough at the time to rememeber, just say so and we'll move on.) Do you happen to remember exactly where you were or exactly what you were doing the moment you heard about...Neil Armstrong walking on the moon (1969)?
Pew Research Center for the People & the Press Political Survey, [Aug, 2011]




Since the moon landing more than forty years ago, do you think the US (United States) space program has accomplished more than you expected, less than you expected, or about what you expected it to accomplish by now?
CBS News Poll, [Jun, 2011]




(As I read a list of some stories covered by news organizations this past week, please tell me if you happened to follow each news story very closely, fairly closely, not too closely, or not at all closely.)...A NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) spacecraft striking the moon in search of water...(If Necessary ask:) Did you follow...a NASA spacecraft striking the moon in search of water very closely, fairly closely, not too closely or not at all closely?
Pew Weekly News Interest Index Poll, [Oct, 2009]



Mars

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As you may know, the US (United States) has landed a robotic explorer on Mars that is sending back pictures and data. Do you think this is a major achievement, a minor achievement, or not an achievement at all?
Note: Asked of Form A half sample
CNN/ORC International Poll, [Aug, 2012]




Do you think that life has ever existed on Mars?
Note: Asked of Form B half sample
CNN/ORC International Poll, [Aug, 2012]




(Now I'm going to read you a list of things that may or may not happen in the next 40 years. Please tell me how likely you think it is that each will happen.) How likely do you think it is that...astronauts will land on Mars...do you think this will definitely happen, will probably happen, will probably not happen, or will definitely not happen?
Note: Asked of Form 2 half sample
Pew Research Center for the People & the Press Political and Future Survey, [Apr, 2010]



Space Based Defense

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Which of the following points of view about the use of missile defense in space comes closest to your own?...Missile defense systems should be located in space if it makes us and our allies more secure. Missile defense systems located in space should only include communication and sensor satellites. Missile defense systems should not be located in space under any circumstances.
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47     Missile defense systems should be located in space if it makes us and our allies more secure
26     Missile defense systems located in space should only include communication and sensor satellites
19     Missile defense systems should not be located in space under any circumstances
2     None of these (Vol.)
5     Don't know/Unsure
1     Refused
Missile Defense Survey, [Jul, 2008]




(Please tell me if each of the following would enhance our security a great deal, somewhat or not at all.)...Maintaining our military edge by exploring new technologies or placing weapons in space
Public Agenda Confidence in US Foreign Policy Index Poll, [Mar, 2008]




(Please tell me if each of the following would enhance our security a great deal, somewhat or not at all.)...Maintaining our military edge by exploring new technologies or placing weapons in space
Public Agenda Confidence in US Foreign Policy Index Poll, [Sep, 2007]



UFOs & Beings from Other Planets

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Do you think that life has ever existed on Mars?
Note: Asked of Form B half sample
CNN/ORC International Poll, [Aug, 2012]




Which one potential global crisis do you fear most--a nuclear accident, an earthquake, an oil shortage, overpopulation, a world war, or an alien invasion?
%
28     Nuclear accident
11     Earthquake
6     Oil shortage
11     Overpopulation
38     World war
4     Alien invasion
3     Don't know/No answer
60 Minutes/Vanity Fair Poll, [Mar, 2011]




Thinking back to when you were a teenager, what innovation did you think would most likely happen by the time you turned 65?...No need for sleep, flying cars, people from Earth living on other planets, microchip implants to make us smarter, human robots
%
4     No need for sleep
28     Flying cars
18     People from Earth living on other planets
13     Microchip implants to make us smarter
21     Human robots
17     Unsure
Marist Poll, [Dec, 2010]



From the Archives


(Recent research suggests that there may once have been life on the planet Mars.) Do you personally believe that...one day the Earth may be attacked by creatures from space?
Harris Poll, [Aug, 1996]




Do you favor or oppose deployment of a strategic defense system, or 'Star Wars,' that might help protect the United States against nuclear attack?
NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll, [Jan, 1989]




(After considering the Rogers Report and the future of the space program, President Reagan finally decided that he wanted to build another space shuttle vehicle at a cost of $2.8 billion to replace the Challenger that blew up. However, the new space shuttle would not fly until 1992. At the same time, the President does not think that, to pay for the new shuttle, spending on the space program will have to be increased. Let me ask you your reaction to the new Reagan space policies.) Do you think that...It will be possible to pay for the new space shuttle out of the current NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) budget and that extra money to pay for it won't be needed...or not?
Harris Survey, [Sep, 1986]




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answered Yes when asked "Do you think that life has ever existed on Mars?"
CNN/ORC International Poll, [Aug, 2012]


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