Aerospaceweb.org Polls

October 2003 Poll #2 October 2003 Poll #1
Is China's successful manned space flight likely to spark a new space race with the US?
Yes
28%
No
68%
Undecided
4%
Total votes: 114
What factor is most important to you when flying a commercial airline?
Cost of Ticket
47%
Service Quality
13%
Safety Record
21%
Aircraft Age
11%
Other
8%
Total votes: 109
Comment: In the short term, it is probably doubtful that China's space program will have much impact on those of the US, Russia, or Europe. That could change very quickly, however, if the Chinese begin to fulfill some of their more ambitious goals, such as establishing a permanent base on the Moon. In that event, it is likely that the US, and perhaps other countries as well, would accelerate their own space programs out of national pride and possibly defense concerns. Comment: These results were about what we expected. Even though airline passengers are apt to complain about cramped seating and the poor quality of food, they routinely choose the cheapest tickets time and again. As the saying goes, you get what you pay for!

September 2003 Poll #2 September 2003 Poll #1
Which candidate in the California recall election will best promote the state's aerospace and defense interests?
Gray Davis
7%
Arnold Schwarzenegger
51%
Cruz Bustamante
7%
Tom McClintock
13%
Arianna Huffington
3%
Peter Camejo
0%
Other
3%
No difference
16%
Total votes: 99
Is a major terrorist attack on US soil more or less likely now than it was on September 11, 2001?
More likely
31%
Less likely
26%
About the same
40%
Undecided
3%
Total votes: 97
Comment: It's not often that a local election is worthy of such attention, but we couldn't resist this opportunity, for the sake of our California staff members if no one else. Regardless, everything appears to be coming up roses for the Terminator who, after a rocky start, seems to have suddenly broken out to a resounding lead both in this poll and statewide polls. Comment: These results came out surprisingly even with about a third of respondents supporting each viewpoint. Contrary to many politicians and media commentators, we tend to believe that the vulnerability to a major attack within the US is probably somewhat lower than in was two years ago. Though by no means perfect, many improvements have been made in tightening security at airports and major public arenas. Significant progress has also been made in capturing terrorists and their leaders as well as disrupting their communications and financial support. Much still needs to be done, but it is definitely more difficult for al Qaeda to operate now than it was prior to September 11.

August 2003 Poll #2 August 2003 Poll #1
What was the most dangerous fighter produced by the Soviet Union during the Cold War?
MiG-15
4%
MiG-21
14%
Su-15
2%
Tu-28
1%
MiG-23
2%
MiG-25
10%
Su-27
30%
MiG-29
26%
MiG-31
7%
Other
2%
Total votes: 214
Do you think it was the correct decision to release images and video of the bodies of Uday and Qusay Hussein?
Yes
65%
No
26%
Undecided
9%
Total votes: 104
Comment: Probably the best way to answer this question is to consider the threat posed by the Soviet fighter to its Western counterparts. In that light, the winner should probably be the MiG-15, which was superior or equal to anything the US or UK could pit against it over the skies of Korea. Since that time, however, the Soviets usually found themselves trying to catch-up to the West. Even though the Su-27 and MiG-29 ended up leading in votes, they were essentially the Soviet answer to the F-15 and F-16 five to ten years after the American planes had already entered service. Comment: Despite the somewhat gruesome nature of the footage, there was really no choice but to release the imagery for the sake of a skeptical Iraqi people. Otherwise, their fear over the possible return of the former regime would likely remain even higher than it is now.


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