Bowman, Karlyn, The American Enterprise
When Americans are asked about the country's greatest achievement in the twentieth century, space exploration is mentioned most often. People see the space program as a source of scientific advances from which all Americans benefit. Eighty-five percent say our efforts in space contribute to the country's pride and patriotism.
Question: What would you say ...?
America's greatest achievement during the twentieth century is Space exploration/ Man on the moon 18% Technology 12 Computers 7 Medical care/ breakthroughs 7 Note: Categories registering less than 7 percent not shown. In a separate question, when asked about "the U.S. government's greatest achievement," 14 percent, the top response, mentioned the space program. Source: Pew Research Center for the People & the Press April-May 1999 Note: Table made from bar graph.
Question: I'm going to read you a list of some changes that have taken place over the last 100 years. Please tell me if ...
Space exploration has been a change for the better 72% Change for the worse 6 Hasn't made much difference 17 Source: Pew Research Center for the People & the Press April-May 1999 Note: Table made from bar graph.
Question: In your opinion, how much does the U.S. space program contribute to ...?
Scientific advances that all Americans can use Some 45% A lot 35% Not much 13% None at all 1% Don't know 6% CBS News, February 2003. Note: Table made from pie chart. National pride and patriotism A lot 54% Some 31% Not much 9% None at all 2% Don't know 4% CBS News, February 2003. Note: Table made from pie chart.
Americans want to continue a manned space program. …