Spokespeople for the pollster told RIA Novosti that 82% of those interviewed for the survey believe that Russia should sustain its leading positions in space exploration. Only 10% of the pollees do not think it important.
About 50% of the Russian population came to believe two years ago that Russia would lose its leadership in the area with the destruction of its orbital station Mir. Today, only 35% of the Russians hold the opinion while 52% are certain that this country has been able to remain a major space power.
People from one hundred rural and urban communities in forty-four regions across the nation were interviewed for this survey.