Nearly 30 Million Americans 'Very Likely' to Volunteer for Mission to Mars

Friday, October 07, 2016

Washington, DC- A just released Ipsos poll tested the enthusiasm that Americans might potentially have for volunteering for a mission to Mars. In recent statements, Elon Musk, private space company SpaceX founder, indicated that early missions to Mars involve a high risk of fatality.

As a result of this an the company’s recent plan to send a human to Mars in the next 10 years, Ipsos wanted to test the interest of the American public in volunteering for this potential one-way trip to the beyond, or Mars if all goes well.

Some of the key findings indicated:

  • Extrapolating from the response rate, nearly 30 million Americans would be ‘very likely’ to volunteer for a potential mission to Mars in the next 10 years.
  • Interest in volunteering for a mission to Mars increases with higher levels of education (High School vs. Post-Grad degree) Younger Americans are ‘very likely’ or ‘somewhat likely’ to volunteer for a potential mission to Mars
  • When asking the question with the caveat that a mission to Mars could be fatal, enthusiasm decreased only slightly

The topline results are available for download on the right side of this page.

These are findings from an Ipsos poll conducted September 30 - October 3, 2016. For the survey, a sample of 1,005 adults age 18+ from the continental U.S., Alaska and Hawaii was interviewed online in English. The poll has a credibility interval of ± 3.5 percentage points for all respondents and a credibility interval adjusted for design effect of the following (n=1,005, DEFF=1.5, adjusted Confidence Interval=5). Post-hoc weights were made to the population characteristics on gender, age, region, race/ethnicity and income.For more information about Ipsos online polling methodology, please go here:

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Chris Jackson
Vice President
Ipsos Public Affairs

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Nearly 30 Million Americans 'Very Likely' to Volunteer for Mission to Mars

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Chris Jackson
Vice President, US
Ipsos Public Affairs