Fifty-four percent (54%) of voters believe it is at least somewhat likely a human will set foot on Mars during their lifetime. That total includes 19% who consider it Very Likely.
Not surprisingly, a ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that younger voters are more likely than their elders to think they will see the first Mars landing. Thirty percent (30%) of voters under 35 think it’s Very Likely to happen during their time on earth. Only 6% of senior citizens say the same (see crosstab results).
Fifty-years ago today, Apollo 8 took off and became the first spaceship to orbit the moon. That’s the subject of today’s Number of the Day. However, just 37% of voters want the U.S. government to fund another mission to the moon. A slightly larger number, 40%, want the federal government to fund a mission to Mars.
On a personal basis, however, 35% would travel to the moon and back if they had the chance. That total includes 48% of men and 24% of women.
As is often the case, voters prefer solutions that don’t involve the federal government and taxpayer dollars. Data released recently showed that 24% believe it’s Very Likely a private company will send men and women to the moon within the next five to ten years. Another 44% believe it’s Somewhat Likely.
Seventeen percent (17%) also believe it’s Very Likely that private companies will establish a colony on the moon or Mars within the next 25 years. Thirty-one percent (31%) see that as Somewhat Likely.
Three percent (3%) of voters believe that the entire NASA lunar landing project was nothing more than an elaborate hoax.
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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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