Press release №2165
12.04.2019
RUSSIAN SPACE SCIENCE: SETTING HIGH GOALS

IN BRIEF

  • 90% of Russians support space exploration
  • 76% are confident that Russia is a leader in space exploration

MOSCOW, April 12, 2019. Russian Public Opinion Research Center (VCIOM) presents the data of a study devoted to Cosmonautics Day.

An overwhelming majority of Russians recognize Russia’s leadership in space exploration (76%). Other leaders are the U.S.A. (66%) and China (46%), according to Russians.

Ninety percent of respondents say that Russia should participate in space exploration, first and foremost, to develop science and high technologies (49%) and to maintain country’s military capability (44%). A quarter of respondents (24%) believe that Russia’s involvement in space exploration facilitates the development of airspace industry and helps create more jobs. Seventeen percent of respondents think that Russia can compete on equal terms with the U.S., the E.U. and China in space exploration.

Forty-two percent of Russians are confident that Russia should increase resources and make more efforts in space exploration (51% of the 45-59-year-olds). A further 41% of respondents say that no additional efforts should be made (49% of the 25-34- year-olds). Nine percent of respondents think that Russia should make less effort and spend less on space exploration.

VCIOM-Sputnik survey was conducted on April 10, 2019. The survey involved 1,600 Russians aged 18 and over. The survey was telephone-based and was carried out using stratified dual-frame random sample based on a complete list of landline and mobile phone numbers operating in Russia. The data were weighted according to selection probability and social and demographic characteristics. The margin of error at a 95% confidence level does not exceed 2.5%. In addition to sampling error, minor changes in question wording and different circumstances arising during the fieldwork can introduce bias into the survey.

In your opinion, what countries are leading in space exploration?    (open-ended question, not more than 3 answers, % of total respodnents; answers by at least 1% of respondents)
  2018 2019
Russia 78 76
USA 64 66
China 45 46
Japan 3 5
France 1 3
India 1 2
Germany 1 1
England 1 1
Korea 1 1
Kazakhstan - 1
Don’t know 15 15
In your opinion, should Russia participate in space exploration, or not?  (closed-ended question, one answer, % of total respondents)
  2018 2019
Rather yes 90 90
Rather no 6 7
Don’t know 4 3
In your opinion, should Russia allocate more funds and make more efforts in space exploration, or should everything stay the way it is, or should Russia spend less and make less effort in space exploration?  (closed-ended question, one answer, % of total respondents)
  Total respondents Aged 18-24 Aged 25-34 Aged 35-44 Aged 45-59 Aged 60 and more
Russia should make more efforts, including allocating additional funds   42 35 29 40 51 47
Everything should stay the way it is 41 47 49 41 34 40
Russia should make less effort and spend less 9 12 13 10 8 5
Don’t know 8 6 9 9 7 8

In your opinion, why should Russia participate in space exploration? (closed-ended question, up to 2 answers, % of total respondents)
  2005 2011 2012 2018 2019
To develop science and high technologies 52 53 59 53 49
To maintain military capability 44 44 54 46 44
To develop airspace industry, to create new jobs 10 14 14 21 24
To make sure it can compete on equal terms with the USA, the EU, China 10 13 12 16 17
To promote country’s image abroad 17 18 19 14 14
To search for a new universe and establish extraterrestrial   contact 3 8 6 8 8
To participate with other countries in missions to Moon and Mars   4 9 7 9 7
To develop space tourism 1 4 3 3 3
Don’t know 6 4 3 3 4
 

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