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Support for NASA spending depends on perception of size of space agency budget

MarkWhittington (1084047) writes | about 9 months ago

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MarkWhittington (1084047) writes "Alan Steinberg, a post doctorate fellow in political science at Sam Houston State University, conducted a study surrounding the vexing problem of how to motivate more people to support increased levels of funding for NASA. In an October 14, 2013 piece in The Space Review, Steinberg announced the results of a study conducted with a group of college students.

Steinberg’s approach was based on the findings of a study by Roger Launius conducted in the late 1990s that suggested that the American public believe that NASA spending takes up about 20 percent of the federal budget. It has in fact never exceeded four percent, which it enjoyed at the height of the Apollo program, and is currently about.5 percent. Steinberg was testing a notion advanced by Neil deGrasse Tyson that if people knew the true size of NASA’s budget they would be more likely to support increasing it."

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5% is tremendous: $175 Billion (1)

mschaffer (97223) | about 9 months ago | (#45125737)

Keep in mind (per the OMB for FY 2012---$3.5 Trillion spent):
Transportation Infrastructure is 3% of the US budget
Education is 2% of the US budget
Other Science and Medical Research is 2% of the US budget
Interest on Debt is 6%

The text reads .5 percent. (1)

MarkWhittington (1084047) | about 9 months ago | (#45125779)

That's about $17.5 billion
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