Populus research has found that more than a third of Britons think humans will inevitably have to live in space due to Earth becoming increasingly uninhabitable.
Asgardia – the first space nation – commissioned Populus to conduct a poll of 2,103 UK people to find out what the UK thinks about travelling to and living in space. Asgardia’s main aim is to develop space technology unfettered by earthly politics and laws, leading ultimately to a permanent orbiting home where citizens can live and work.
From this survey Populus found out that 37% of respondents believe humans will have to move off Earth because out planet won’t be suitable to live on. Other findings include:
- 29% of people would pay to go to space if it were easily accessible to the general public
- Respondents were asked for their opinions on aliens, with 42% believing there is a possibility that extra-terrestrial life has or will visit Earth
- One fifth of those polled are worried about a potential asteroid impact with the Earth, and the same number believe that planetary alignments affect their mood
Former Liberal Democrat MP Lembit Opik, chairman of Parliament for Asgardia, said
“Inspiring the public to dream about space travel and tackle the final frontier is vital to the success of our endeavors…But with nearly a third of UK with an ambition to visit space, it is clear to see that this support is not unattainable.”
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Populus conducted an online sample of 2,103 adults 18+ between 30th August and 1st September 2019. Data is weighted to be representative of the population of Great Britain. Populus is a founder member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules. For further information see http://www.britishpollingcouncil.org/