Aerospaceweb.org Polls

April 2009 Poll #2 April 2009 Poll #1
Do you agree with the Obama Administration's decision to cancel further production of the F-22 Raptor?
Yes
25%
No
71%
Undecided
3%
Total votes: 157
Should European nations continue developing the A400M transport program or buy production aircraft like the C-130 or C-17 instead?
Continue A400M
46%
Cancel A400M
50%
Undecided
4%
Total votes: 96
Comment: A more short-sighted decision we have rarely seen. The expensive part of the F-22 program is now behind us and future lots will only get cheaper. Coupled with the rising sophistication of the Russian and Chinese air forces, the decision to end F-22 production may come to be seen as a disastrous blunder. Comment: Europe has invested quite a bit of capital and prestige in the A400M. Whether this investment will pay off remains to be seen.

March 2009 Poll #2 March 2009 Poll #1
Are missile strikes on al Qaeda and Taliban targets in Pakistan helping or hurting US goals in the fight against terrorism?
Helpful 54%
Hurtful 35%
Undecided 11%
Total votes: 108
Should the Obama administration cancel the VH-71 presidential helicopter program because of its cost overruns?
Yes
56%
No
38%
Undecided
6%
Total votes: 104
Comment: These results are interesting compared to most national and international polls that decry the missile strikes as inflaming anti-American sentiments. Comment: The VH-71 was indeed cancelled, but whether it was due to cost overruns or political maneuvering remains the question.

February 2009 Poll #2 February 2009 Poll #1
Business jets have been criticized as an unnecessary luxury of corrupt executives in the aftermath of the financial crisis. Is this criticism fair?
Yes
35%
No
56%
Undecided
9%
Total votes: 93
Which fighter should Denmark select to replace its F-16 fleet?
F-18 Super Hornet
15%
Gripen
38%
F-35 Lightning II
43%
Undecided
5%
Total votes: 122
Comment: This current debate is eerily reminiscent of the 1990s recession. In that instance, Congress raised taxes on "luxuries of the wealthy" like yachts causing that industry to be decimated and generating severe unemployment. Now the target is the business jet where companies like Cessna are laying off thousands of workers thanks to the government's misguided policies designed for short-term political gain at the cost of long-term economic growth. Comment: The F-35 maintained a rather large lead in this poll until the last few days when a Gripen surge was apparent. It's always suspicious when that happens...


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