Poll: Space program generates low enthusiasm in public Orlando Sentinel

Americans are not enthusiastic about an ambitious space program and would cut NASA’s budget before other critical national priorities, an Orlando Sentinel poll shows. The survey found little support for a long-discussed manned mission to Mars and revealed a general sentiment favoring a space program that yields practical research benefits, said Thomas Riehle, president of Ipsos-Reid U.S. Public Affairs, which conducted the national poll for the Sentinel.