On the eve of the Presidential election, Americans continue to support human space flight and endorse the Space Exploration plan to return to the Moon and to Mars, but they also question the relationship of NASA to its constituents.
A comprehensive, in-depth study by Dittmar Associates aimed at understanding public perceptions of NASA and particularly the Space Exploration Program reveals that Americans continue to support human space flight, with 69% supporting Space Exploration and 26% opposed. In addition, when provided information about the percentage of the U.S. budget allocated to NASA each year (< 1%), 42% of the respondents indicated that it should be increased, 29% said it should be decreased, and 29% believed it should remain at its current level.
Dittmar Associates also invited participants to offer their own ideas, thoughts, and suggestions as if they could be heard by NASA. The results of the study are therefore similar to a marketing survey, but more importantly they serve as a dialogue -- one-sided though it may be -- between a sample of the American public and its space agency. Some of the results include:
An abridged summary including some of these results is available for free download at the Dittmar Associates website, http://www.dittmar-associates.com . The complete, final report presents information analyzed by demographic variables including age, ethnic background, region of the country, marital status, political party, and dependents, and delves more deeply into the perceptions, desires, concerns and suggestions expressed by study participants in response to questions about NASA and its missions, particularly the Space Exploration program.
The final report will be available for sale on the Dittmar Associates website on November 10, 2004.
About Dittmar Associates
Dittmar Associates is a Certified Small Woman-Owned Business and consulting group located 30 miles south of Houston, Texas. Specializing in market and business development, training, and R&D, the company works closely with universities, large companies in aerospace and small technology companies to provide "the best of the best" to our customers.