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October 2008 Poll #2 October 2008 Poll #1
Should NASA rely on Russian Soyuz launches to carry astronauts to the International Space Station for five years until the Ares I rocket is ready?
Yes
47%
No
50%
Undecided
3%
Total votes: 94
Which presidential candidate has the better platform on aerospace and defense issues?
John McCain
58%
Barack Obama
33%
No difference
9%
Total votes: 149
Comment: Comment: Both candidates have promised spending cuts that would likely threaten many aerospace programs. Obama has targeted NASA and proposes delaying the Constellation program by five years to invest in education programs. He supports the Ares I rocket to replace the Space Shuttle, but Obama would cancel sending astronauts to the Moon and Mars by eliminating the Ares V. Obama also supports cutting $60 billion from the F-22, V-22, F-35, Virginia class submarine, and the Army's Future Combat System as well as eliminating a Navy aircraft carrier battle group and two Air Force fighter wings.

McCain supports NASA's Constellation program but has not expressly endorsed its long-term goals. He has been critical of costly defense programs and proposes fixed price contracts to control spending. McCain played a pivotal role in ending the 2004 767 tanker deal that sent two officials to prison for corruption. He opposed multi-year procurement of the F-22 but says he supports the program, would end C-17 production, would cancel the Airborne Laser, and supports cuts to the Future Combat System.

Perhaps the most clear difference between the two is their positions on Ballistic Missile Defense. Obama has been especially critical of "unproven missile defense systems" and says he will reduce the effort to a "basic research program." McCain, meanwhile, "strongly supports the development and deployment of theater and national missile defenses...to reduce the possibility of strategic blackmail by rogue regimes."


September 2008 Poll #2 September 2008 Poll #1
Following numerous rounds of safety inspections and the crash of Spanair Flight 5022, do you believe the MD-80 should remain in airline use?
Yes
55%
No
38%
Undecided
8%
Total votes: 106
Should the US Congress allow the F-22 Raptor to be sold to allies like Japan and Israel?
Yes
57%
No
40%
Undecided
4%
Total votes: 106
Comment: The DC-9 and MD-80 series has earned a solid reputation for safety and reliability over more than four decades of service. Comment: Japan, Israel, and Australia have all expressed a strong desire for the F-22 to meet their unique defense concerns. Given the strength of these alliances and the advantages of reducing unit cost for future US purchases, sales to all three nations appear to be wise.

August 2008 Poll #2 August 2008 Poll #1
Should Georgia become a member of NATO?
Yes
58%
No
30%
Undecided
12%
Total votes: 110
Which attack helicopter should South Korea select for its KAH program?
Apache
70%
Rooivalk
5%
Tiger
18%
Mangusta
5%
Undecided
2%
Total votes: 104
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