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
- 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.
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: http://goo.gl/yJBkuf
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