Poll: Americans Want Space Program to Continue

By: Ron Sachs Communications Release
By: Ron Sachs Communications Release

Tallahassee, FL –

In a dramatic new Sachs/Mason-Dixon poll, an overwhelming majority of Americans say they don’t want America’s manned space program to end and they believe the United States should continue to be a global leader in space. The results of the poll follow the recent return of the Space Shuttle Endeavour – the penultimate NASA Space shuttle mission.

“Human space flight symbolizes American ingenuity, innovation and imagination and any effort to ensure our nation remains at the forefront of manned space flight is strongly supported by the American people,” said Ron Sachs, President of Ron Sachs Communications. “The American people are emotional about maintaining our nation’s leadership in this important scientific endeavor.”

Sachs added, “More than two generations after President John F. Kennedy challenged our nation to go ‘to the moon,’ rather than competing, the United States is ceding its leadership to space competitors such as Russia and China.”

Faced with a looming gap in the United States space program, NASA currently has no plans to continue manned space missions following 2011. Space Shuttle Atlantis is expected to launch as part of the Space shuttle program’s final mission in July of this year. Despite no plans to continue human space flight, NASA is on track to receive more than $100 billion in funding over the next five years.

Among the poll’s key findings:

57 percent of those surveyed support the United States maintaining its edge as a global leader in manned space exploration

Support for continuing the United State’s role as a space leader consists of 59 percent of Republicans, 57 percent of Independents and 54 percent of Democrats

Only 26 percent of respondents indicated they do not believe the United States should cede its leadership in space to another country

The Sachs/Mason-Dixon Poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percent. A total of 625 adults were interviewed between May 23 and 24 nationwide by telephone. The poll was commissioned by Tallahassee-based Ron Sachs Communications and conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling and Research, Inc.

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625 adults interviewed nationwide from May 23-24, 2011 by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research, Inc. The margin for error is ±4%.

QUESTION: NASA is close to launching its final manned Space Shuttle and our nation's space program faces an uncertain future with no plans to continue sending men and women into space after 2011. Do you believe the United States should or should not continue to be a world leader in manned space exploration?


SHOULD 57% 54% 59% 57%

SHOULD NOT 26% 31% 24% 22%

NOT SURE 17% 15% 17% 21%

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  • by just me Location: tally on Jun 8, 2011 at 11:24 AM
    The Americans may want it but the Kenyan does not.
  • by Anon Location: <<>> on Jun 8, 2011 at 05:00 AM
    Continue the Space Programs, but let the private sector fund it and profit from it, instead of the taxpayers footing the bill.
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      by Anonymous on Jun 9, 2011 at 10:26 AM in reply to Anon
      Commercially funded? Do you even know what that means? Even 0bama's begging for "Commercial Space" is just smaller companies investing their own capital to build a vehicle and then sell it to the Government. What does private industry have to gain by doing reasearch in Space??? If there's not profit to be gained commercial industry will not do it.
  • by ETurnage Location: Tallahassee on Jun 7, 2011 at 04:37 PM
    A large part of the technology available to the public today is a direct result of the aerospace and defense programs. When you shut down funding for either one your cutting potential for further advances
  • by Anon on Jun 7, 2011 at 03:10 PM
    Then they shouldn't have voted for Obama.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 7, 2011 at 03:05 PM
    no they don't
  • by amused Location: USA on Jun 7, 2011 at 01:43 PM
    The last time I looked SH88 the Earth was in space orbiting the sun (not the other way around)and since we live on the Earth we live in space. End of argument. We need the manned space program far more than you need your tax money (assuming that you do pay FICT). Apollo is the only thing the USA did that no other culture has done in history. Wars are easy, scientific exploration is hard.
  • by RICKY Location: TAMPA on Jun 7, 2011 at 12:13 PM
  • by Etha Location: Monticello, Fl on Jun 7, 2011 at 11:14 AM
  • by SH88 on Jun 7, 2011 at 10:35 AM
    We don't need a space program. We don't live in space. They need to cut the whole useless program out of the budget.
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      by Anonymous on Jun 7, 2011 at 01:50 PM in reply to SH88
      What technologies would we be without if it weren't for the space program? Do you even know how much technology, science, knowledge, and many other things that Americans have gained fro the space program. And you call these things useless?
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      by Anonymous on Jun 7, 2011 at 08:25 PM in reply to SH88
      @SH88. Tell me do you like your cell phone, ereader, computer, etc...? How about the experiments done in space? Get off the tabloid media and look into what has been spawned from the space program. There has been far more advancements, businesses and jobs generated from space exploration than any other sector. Lets cut funds to war, pork programs, sending money to other countries, and pandering to lobbying groups. The real waste SH88 is your level of ignorance.
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        by SH88 on Jun 8, 2011 at 05:18 AM in reply to Anonymous
        Do you like your freedom and cheap gas? Can't have that without the wars and paying off other countries. America has priorities. Wasteful spending on science programs is a low priority. Why should I foot the bill for putting shrimps on a tredmill in space? You liberals and your double standards.
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          by Anonymous on Jun 8, 2011 at 05:05 PM in reply to SH88
          @SH88 are you even aware that this country has 40% of it's own gas? That's 40% that we do not get from overseas and yet someone like you thinks that the prices are a direct result of overseas countries' interests? That does not include the gas that we could get by drilling here or manufacturing gas from plant sources,etc...Problem is BHO caters to countries like Brazil and people like George Soros who stand to profit from our money going overseas to subsidize their business interests. Wonder why deep water took so long to fix? BHO took a trip to Brazil about that time to chat with oil interests there. America has better priorities than the ones you outlined SH88 Science spawns innovation and innovations means jobs as well as a better future. Wonder why China is manufacturing most of those innovations you like to play with- your pc, cell phone, etc...things that should be made here. Remember what happened to Chinese drywall, pet food, and things like contaminated medications- do these people share our manufacturing standards? And yet you go to discount houses to subsidize these business interests. I am neither a liberal or a conservative just one more taxpayer tired of the self interest of these politicians at the expense of the American citizen. Do know one thing-if we quit being innovative or inquisitive then we as a nation flounder. We cannot afford to do that so rather than place your head in a dark place and watch the world go by it is better to explore space. BTW, how'd you like that solar flare information? Notice it was downplayed in the media It impacts communication and power reception. More important things to think about than your myopic view.
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      by Anonymous on Jun 9, 2011 at 10:17 AM in reply to SH88
      you are straight up ignorant! While you may not be a liberal you're definetly not a financial genious Republican either! If you do some research you'll see that the money the government spends on NASA offers a greater return on investment than any other government spending both fiscally and socially! Granted a comprehensive study hasn't been completed since the mid 1970s but at the time they calculated a 33% ROI and that investment in the Apollo program would spin-off benefits through the late 1980s! Not to mention the 100s of thousands of skilled labor put to work!
  • by Grant Location: Costa Mesa, CA on Jun 7, 2011 at 09:33 AM
    American should absolutely continue the space program. We should remain the world leader in space related endeavors. As for a budget, cancel some of the foreign aid to countries who hate us. It's a lot! Use it to subsidize space exploration. By doing that we will have an investment to show years later for all the tax money spent. The space industry has produced so many spin off products that benefit mankind. That fact should be expressed in the media and taught in school. Most law makers are only interested in reelection. Many lawmakers do not fully understand the long term benefits of the American space program. Their ignorance is a serious flaw in America's long term goals. I guess I'm saying, educate the lawmakers and the students in our schools regarding the benefits of science and space exploration. Continue the space program. Don't waste our money on needless foreign aid that is largely squandered by corrupt politicians in third world countries. Spend it on Space travel.
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      by Anonymous on Jun 9, 2011 at 09:48 AM in reply to Grant
      ^ This is the correct answer! Our country not only wastes money on foreign aid we waste money fighting a war on drugs, operating military bases in foreign countries, while hard working U.S. citizens are out of work, losing their homes and generally living to the lowest standard of living this country has seen in a century.
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