The majority of Russians voted against increased funding for space

The majority of Russians (60 percent) believe that government spending on the space program should be left in its current size. This is evidenced by data survey of the national center for the study of public opinion (VTSIOM), published on the website of the organization.

For increased funding for the space industry supported 19% of respondents, against 15 per cent.

Half of the respondents said that Russia should strive first country to send an expedition to Mars, also 51 per cent percent of the respondents believe that the country should seek first to establish a base on the moon.

The majority of respondents (78 percent) believe that Russia is better to implement projects of Solar system exploration in cooperation with international partners, and 18 percent advocate that the country has conquered space independently.

“The Russians would like to be the first in all projects, but would not want to pay 100 percent of costs. They also hope to receive from space exploration something practically useful, and applicable in their own lives, and not just the feeling of the greatness of our science and industry”, — commented the results of the study VTSIOM analyst Ivan Lekomtsev.

The telephone poll was conducted January 30-31. It was attended by 1,200 people. The probability of error does not exceed 3.5 percent.