IBOPE Zogby Poll: 6 in 10 Disagree With Ending Space Shuttle & Fear Others Will Surpass U.S. in Exploration

Press Release From: Zogby International
Posted: Friday, July 29, 2011

image Combined NASA & Business Efforts Favored for Future Exploring

UTICA, NY - Majorities of U.S. voters disagree with the decision to end space shuttle missions and fear other nations might surpass the U.S. in space exploration. Also, future space exploration through both NASA and private companies is seen as preferable to either going it alone.

The IBOPE Zogby interactive poll conducted from July 22-25 also shows 74% say the space shuttle was a worthwhile use of government resources.

The final space shuttle mission ended with the safe landing of the Atlantis last week.

NASA has just completed its last space shuttle mission. Do you agree or disagree with the decision to end space shuttle missions?

Agree 33%
Disagree 59%
Not sure 8%

Overall, do you believe the space shuttle was a worthwhile use of government resources?

Yes 74%
No 13%
Not sure 13%

Should future space exploration be conducted through NASA or by private companies?

NASA 28%
Private Companies 17%
Both 48%
Neither 2%
Not sure 5%

How concerned are you that other nations might surpass the U.S. in their ability to explore space?

Very or somewhat concerned 60%
Not very or not at all concerned 38%
Not sure 3%

IBOPE Zogby International conducted an online survey of 2,297 voters. A sampling of IBOPE Zogby International's online panel, which is representative of the adult population of the US, was invited to participate. Slight weights were added to region, party, age, race, religion, gender, and education to more accurately reflect the population. The margin of error is +/- 2.1 percentage points. Margins of error are higher in sub-groups. The MOE calculation is for sampling error only.

ABOUT IBOPE Zogby International

IBOPE Zogby International is a non-partisan, premier global public opinion polling and market research firm that offers timely, accurate results and in-depth analysis and insights. IBOPE Zogby International works with issue experts in a vast array of fields including healthcare, technology, finance, insurance, energy, agriculture, public affairs, and media who offer insightful data analysis and exceptional service to clients in countries throughout the world. IBOPE Zogby International experts analyze data and work with clients to develop and implement new strategies, and offer customized and attractive solutions to challenges our clients face. IBOPE Zogby International was formed in January 2010 following the acquisition of Zogby International by IBOPE Inteligencia of Brazil, a subsidiary of IBOPE Group.

Please visit for more information on IBOPE Zogby International. About IBOPE Group

IBOPE Group is a Brazilian multinational company specializing in media, market and opinion research with offices in the United States and 14 Latin American countries. Since its founding 68 years ago, it has been providing a wide range of information and studies on media, public opinion, voting patterns, consumption habits, branding and market behavior.

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