Aerospaceweb.org Polls

January 2002 Poll #2 January 2002 Poll #1
Should the US send ground troops into Somalia to fight terrorism?
Yes
43%
No
46%
Undecided
11%
Total votes: 104
What company builds the best airliners?
Airbus
24%
Boeing
63%
Fokker
3%
Ilyushin
4%
Tupolev
5%
Other
1%
Total votes: 182
Comment: The results of this vote remained unchanged with a roughly even split from day one. Unless terrorists established training camps within Somalia, it seems rather unlikely that troops will be sent in as there would be no definable target to go after. Comment: While these results aren't terribly surprising, the gap between Airbus and Boeing was quite a bit larger than expected. Then again, most visitors to this site are American and probably tend to favor the "home" product.

December 2001 Poll #2 December 2001 Poll #1
What is the best air superiority fighter in the world?
Rafale
4%
F-22
36%
Su-37
21%
F-15
7%
MiG-31
5%
Eurofighter
5%
S-37
11%
Gripen
2%
F-14
8%
Total votes: 266
Do you feel safe flying commercial airlines?
Yes
91%
No
8%
Unsure
1%
Total votes: 89
Comment: This one turned out to be more controversial than expected as some respondents commented that it is unfair to compare battle-tested aircraft like the F-15 to aircraft that haven't even entered service like the F-22 or experimental designs like the S-37. Comment: This poll makes an interesting comparison with the same question asked shortly after the September 11 attacks. Since that time, the confidence of our respondents in the safety of commercial aviation has risen from 84% to 91%. Though a small increase, such results are encouraging as we enter one of the busiest travel season of the year.

November 2001 Poll #2 November 2001 Poll #1
Should the US build a ballistic missile defense system?
Yes
46%
No
51%
Unsure
3%
Total votes: 146
Did the Defense Department make the right choice in the Joint Strike Fighter competition?
Yes
51%
No
41%
Unsure
8%
Total votes: 167
Comment: Since our visitors are usually strongly in favor of any advancement in aerospace technology, these results were quite surprising. Nevertheless, the war on terrorism certainly casts a new light on such a system and provides powerful arguments both for and against it. Comment: Frankly, we're rather surprised this one came out so closely. Almost everyone seemed to think the Lockheed Martin design was vastly superior to the Boeing entry (particularly Navy people who foresaw all variety of problems with the Boeing X-32's "sailor inhaler" inlet!). It was therefore of great shock that so many seem to disagree with the government's decison. The no votes even exceeded the yes votes for a brief period, leading us to speculate that a gaggle of Boeing employees may have attempted to taint the results! :-)


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