Three percent (3%) of voters believe that Neil Armstrong never set foot on the moon. Among voters under 35, the skepticism is a bit higher. A ScottRasmussen.com survey found that 6% of those younger voters think it was all a lie (see crosstab results).
While most voters believe it happened, the details of that long ago mission are a bit fuzzy for most. Just 34% know that Armstong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins flew Apollo 11 to the moon.
Twenty-two percent (22%) mistakenly believe Apollo 13 was the moon mission. In reality, that was the mission that had to be aborted when an oxygen tank exploded early in the flight. The nation held its breath for days before seeing the three astronauts return safely to earth. That mission became the subject of a major motion picture directed by Ron Howard and starring Tom Hanks.
Seventeen percent (17%) thought Apollo 8 was the mission that led Armstrong to the moon. Apollo 8 took off 50 years ago tomorrow on December 21, 1968 and was the first mission to orbit the moon. But, the astronauts on that flight never set foot on the moon.
Finally, 24% simply don’t know which Apollo mission led to the first lunar landing on July 20, 1969.
Interest in space programs is lower today than it was in the 1960s and early ’70s. Just 22% know that a private company recently put astronauts into sub-orbital space. But 43% would like to travel in space if they had the chance.
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The national survey of 1,001 registered voters was conducted December 19-20, 2018 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.
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