The latest Rasmussen Reports poll found that respondents are evenly divided on whether the United States should cut back on space exploration.
When it comes to cutting back on space exploration, Americans are evenly divided. Forty-one percent (41%) believe the United States should cut back on space exploration, down nine points from January, but an equal number (41%) disagree. Seventeen percent (17%) are not sure.
The question posed was, "Given the state of the economy, should the United States cut back on space exploration?"
Particularly interesting is that more respondents now believe the government should fund the space program. The question was, "Should the space program be funded by the government or the private sector?"
Forty percent (40%) of Americans feel the space program should be funded by the government, up slightly from April. Thirty-two percent (32%) say funding for the program should come from the private sector. Twenty-eight percent (28%) are undecided.
In the April 2010 poll, more Americans than not thought the private sector should fund the space program, 38% to 36% with 25% not sure.
In the January 2010 poll, here's what the poll showed:
Americans are almost evenly divided when asked if the space program should be funded by the government or by the private sector. Thirty-five percent (35%) believe the government should pay for space research, while 38% think private interests should pick up the tab. Twenty-six percent (26%) aren’t sure which is best.