In what may be the start of a new space race, NASA has announced a new goal of landing people on the moon by 2024. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 37% of voters believe the government agency will accomplish that goal before private companies. However, 36% believe private efforts will get there first. Another 27% are not sure who will win the race.
Seventy-six percent (76%) favor NASA’s plan for returning to the Moon. However, just 49% are okay with spending an extra $1.6 billion this year to get the project moving. Sixty percent (60%) of men are okay with the spending. However, just 41% of women agree.
Additionally, few people are paying attention. Just 33% are following news on this topic even somewhat closely. Only 8% are following it Very Closely.
The goal may not seem nearly as challenging today as it did back in the 1960s. Seventy-one percent (71%) of voters think the agency is likely to achieve it’s goal within five years. Men (78%) are more optimistic than women (66%). See crosstab results.
Looking forward, 21% believe that only private companies should be handling space travel while 20% think only the government should be involved. Most (59%) think both should make the effort.
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The national survey of 1,002 Registered Voters was conducted May 16-17, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology and a Demographic Profile of the sample). Results from the full sample have +/-3.1 Margin of Sampling Error with a 95% level of confidence.
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