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ABC News Discovery Space Poll, July 1997 (ICPSR 2500)

Principal Investigator(s): ABC News


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.

Series: ABC News/Washington Post Poll Series

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Study Description


ABC News. ABC NEWS DISCOVERY SPACE POLL, JULY 1997. ICPSR version. Radnor, PA: Chilton Research Services [producer], 1997. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2007-06-12. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR02500.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR02500.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    attitudes, federal budget, information sources, NASA, science, scientific research, space exploration, space programs, space sciences, space technology, technology

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Data Collection Notes:

(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.



Original ICPSR Release:   1998-08-18

Version History:

  • 2007-06-12 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files have been added to this data collection.



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