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ABC News Discovery Space Poll, July 1997

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • ABC News
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
attitudes; federal budget; information sources; NASA; science; scientific research; space exploration; space programs; space sciences; space technology; technology
  • Abstract

    This special topic poll sought respondents' views on the United States space exploration program, specifically the exploration of Mars. Respondents were asked about the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the government budget for the space program, benefits of the space program, the $250 million price tag of the Mars project, and the possibility of sending astronauts to Mars. They were also asked to assess their interest in national politics, science, business, sports, international events, celebrities and entertainment, and local issues, and to assess further their interest in the scientific topics of space exploration, computers, cloning, natural disasters, dinosaurs, the origin of humans, genetic engineering, weapon and military technology, the human brain, medical advances, and scientific methods for solving crimes. Those queried were asked which media sources they consulted for scientific news and whether they believed in the existence of intelligent life in outer space. The results of the poll were announced on the Discovery Channel. Background information on respondents includes age and sex.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Collection Mode
  • (1) This collection has not been processed by ICPSR staff. ICPSR is distributing the data and documentation for this collection in essentially the same form in which they were received. When appropriate, hardcopy documentation has been converted to machine-readable form and variables have been recoded to ensure respondents' anonymity. (2) The codebook is provided as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file. The PDF file format was developed by Adobe Systems Incorporated and can be accessed using PDF reader software, such as the Adobe Acrobat Reader. Information on how to obtain a copy of the Acrobat Reader is provided through the ICPSR Website on the Internet. (3) A weight variable with two implied decimal places has been included and must be used in any analysis.

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Alternative Identifiers
  • 2500 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR02500.v1

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

ABC News (1998): ABC News Discovery Space Poll, July 1997. Archival Version. ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.