Aerospaceweb.org Polls

September 2001 Poll #2 September 2001 Poll #1
Do you feel safe flying commercial airlines again?
Yes
84%
No
10%
Unsure
6%
Total votes: 70
Do you think the Apollo Moon landings were a hoax?
Yes
19%
No
71%
Unsure
10%
Total votes: 52
Comment: It's interesting to note that in the early days after this poll was started, the initial response was decidedly negative, but the trend had reversed about a week after the terrorist attacks. Comment: Although we are pleased that the percentage of believers grew steadily during the entire time this poll was active, we are stunned that almost 30% of our respondents are not convinced the Apollo Moon landing were real. Perhaps this skepticism has been exacerbated by the recent Fox program that presented evidence suggesting the landings were a hoax. We highly encourage all our viewers to visit Bad Astronomy where all of this "evidence" is debunked in convincing fashion. Indeed, some of the explanations were contibuted by members of our own staff.

August 2001 Poll #2 August 2001 Poll #1
Are mergers good for the commercial airline industry?
Yes
30%
No
41%
Unsure
30%
Total votes: 54
How long do you think it will be before Iraq shoots down a US warplane?
1 month
19%
6 months
26%
1 year
14%
2 years
2%
5 years
5%
never
35%
Total votes: 43
Comment: Good arguments can be made for either side, and it is therefore not surprising to see such a split decision in the voting results. Comment: The recent advancements in Iraq's air defense system are indeed alarming. Unless drastic changes are made to patrol activities or far more ambitious steps are taken to destroy the Iraqi military infrastructure, it is probably only a matter of time before an American or British plane is brought down over Iraqi territory. The recent attacks on American reconnaissance aircraft provide yet another justification for completely rethinking the political and military position regarding Iraq.

July 2001 Poll #2 July 2001 Poll #1
Do you agree with NASA's decison to cancel the X-33 reusable launch vehicle?
Yes
13%
No
74%
Unsure
13%
Total votes: 46
In light of recent revelations, should the V-22 be cancelled?
Yes
23%
No
64%
Undecided
14%
Total votes: 44
Comment: Although it is disappointing that we'll never know what the X-33 could do, the evidence seems to be pretty overwhelming that this project was going to take so much more time and money than originally planned that it was no longer feasible. Single-stage-to-orbit is indeed a mighty challenge, and it would appear that we do not yet have the technology to make it a cost-effective reality. Comment: The V-22 has suffered from the kinds of technical glitches that almost every new military aircraft has suffered, and unfortunately some lives are inevitably lost when pushing the bounds of technology. What is quite disturbing is the apparent willingness of military personnel to cover up those problems. Though these allegations must be investigated and any guilty parties punished, it would be just as scandalous to cancel the V-22 after so much time and money has gone into developing it. In addition, the Osprey is desperately needed to replace the aging CH-46, as evidenced by the recent fatal crash of a Sea Knight.


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