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The Public's Opinion(s) on Space

By Keith Cowing
September 10, 2015
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The Public's Opinion(s) on Space

A Look at What the Public Knows and Does Not Know About Science, Pew Research
“Fully 73% of Americans distinguish between astronomy and what is commonly considered a pseudoscience: astrology. Twenty-two percent of Americans incorrectly say that astronomy not astrology is the study of how the positions of stars and planets can influence human behavior. Another 5% give some other incorrect response.”
Major Gaps Between the Public, Scientists on Key Issues, Pew Research
– “Astronauts are essential for the future of the U.S. space program”: 59% of the public agrees whereas only 47% of AAAS members agree.
– “The Space Station has been a good investment for the U.S.”: 64% of the public agrees while 68% of AAAS members agree.

Recent Space Poll: The Public is Not Always in Synch With Space Advocates, earlier post
Poll: Space Travel in the 21st Century: American Public Sees Benefits But Balks at Cost, earlier post
Poll Suggests Public Concern Over Direction In Space, earlier post
New Gallup Poll Reveals Americans Strongly Support Space Exploration, Believe it Inspires Younger Generation, earlier post

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