Aerospaceweb.org Polls

April 2003 Poll #2 April 2003 Poll #1
Do you think terrorism against the US will increase because of the war in Iraq?
Yes
58%
No
36%
Undecided
7%
Total votes: 120

Has the conflict in Iraq made you less willing to fly on commercial airlines?
Yes
16%
No
82%
Undecided
2%
Total votes: 94

How long do you think the conflict in Iraq will last before the Hussein regime is overthrown?
1 month
41%
3 months
31%
6 months
9%
1 year
3%
>1 year
8%
Never happen
5%
Undecided
4%
Total votes: 113
Comment: While it remains to be seen how the war in Iraq and the continuing presence of US troops in the region will affect anti-American sentiments, it seems somewhat unlikely that terrorists would be affected one way or the other. They will likely continue their acts no matter what their presumed enemies do. Comment: With most of Iraq now liberated and the last holdouts in Tikrit on the verge of being overrun, it would appear that the conflict should be over in about four weeks. Therefore, those who voted for one month appear to be the most prescient of respondents. The ones we really have to wonder about are those six who felt that the regime would never fall. What news channel were they watching?!

March 2003 Poll #2 March 2003 Poll #1
Did Boeing make the right decision when development of the Sonic Cruiser was cancelled?
Yes
38%
No
56%
Undecided
6%
Total votes: 133
Is Iraq providing enough cooperation with weapons inspectors to make war unnecessary?
Yes
32%
No
61%
Undecided
6%
Total votes: 158
Comment: Boeing really did a lousy job of public relations in the series of events that led from the 747X to the Sonic Cruiser to the 7E7. As a result, the company looks rather unfocused and confused these days. But politics aside, the Sonic Cruiser was probably not a very feasible project, and the odds that it would work as advertised were slim. The 7E7 sounds like a far more realistic and attractive alternative, so hopefully this project will renew Boeing's status in the airliner marketplace. Comment: These results seem pretty consistent with national US polls on the subject, with those skeptical of Iraq's compliance with weapons inspectors holding a nearly 2-to-1 advantage.

February 2003 Poll #2 February 2003 Poll #1
Has the US presented a sufficiently convincing case for the need to use force against Iraq?
Yes
54%
No
42%
Undecided
4%
Total votes: 221
Following the destruction of the Columbia, do you believe the Space Shuttle fleet should be retired?
Yes
37%
No
59%
Undecided
4%
Total votes: 158
Comment: Although we are pleased that the Yeas took the day, the voting shouldn't have been nearly this close! Pres. Bush's State of the Union address and Colin Powell's presentation at the UN provided damning evidence to condemn Iraq's compliance with disarmament agreements signed 12 years ago. We are simply amazed at those naysayers, particularly within Europe, who would rather stick their heads in the sand and pretend the problem did not exist. Comment: This one ended up closer than we had expected since most of our visitors tend to be diehard supporters of the Shuttle program. But the loss of Columbia does raise a number of troubling questions about the Shuttle fleet and NASA's ability to maintain safety and reliability.


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