Subscribe to our free daily newsletters
. Military Space News .

Subscribe to our free daily newsletters

US, Russian citizens want weapons-free outer space: poll

by Staff Writers
Washington (AFP) Jan 24, 2008
Most Americans and Russians want their governments to ensure a weapons-free outer space and would back a treaty underpinning the move, a poll showed Thursday.

Seventy-eight percent of Americans and 67 percent of Russians said their leaderships should refrain from deploying any weapons in space as long as no other country does so, according to the poll by

Eighty percent of Americans and 72 percent of Russians also favor a new treaty banning all weapons in space, said the survey conducted with the Center for International and Security Studies at the University of Maryland (CISSM).

A overwhelming majority of Americans and Russians -- 86 percent each -- put a high priority on preventing an arms race in space, according to the poll of 1,247 Americans and 1,601 Russians surveyed over two weeks in September.

A slim majority of Russians, 53 percent, list this as a top priority.

"What is striking is the robust consensus -- among Russians as well as Americans, and among Republicans as well as Democrats -- that space should not be an arena for the major powers to compete for military advantage," said Steven Kull, director of, in a statement.

Seventy-eight percent of Americans and 65 percent of Russians supported a treaty banning countries from attacking or interfering with each others' satellites, even when told of the potential benefits of disabling satellites.

Some 79 percent of Americans and 63 percent of Russians back a treaty that would prevent countries from testing or deploying anti-satellite weapons systems, even told that arms control treaties are sometimes ineffective.

Seventy-seven percent of Americans and 61 percent of Russians support a treaty prohibiting interference with satellites.

John Steinbruner, director of CISSM, said Americans and Russians shared a common view of what is best for their security.

"The use of space for common protection is, in fact, far more important for all countries under the circumstances of globalization than the pursuit of national advantage in performing traditional military missions," Steinbruner said in a statement.

The survey asked Americans how they would like candidates in the election for a new president to tackle the issue of US national security and space weapons.

Sixty-seven percent said they would have more confidence in a candidate "who favors a treaty banning weapons in space," including 57 percent of Republicans and 73 percent of Democrats.

The US poll was fielded by Knowledge Networks and the Russian survey fielded by the Levada Center. The margin of error is plus or minus 4.0 percent.

Email This Article
Comment On This Article

Related Links
Military Space News at

Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News

Northrop Grumman Joins The Cyberspace Innovation Center
Bossier City LA (SPX) Jan 23, 2008
Northrop Grumman announced its platinum membership with the Cyberspace Innovation Center to help shape future technology innovations in cyberspace. The mission of the Center is to support cyber initiatives by promoting research, educational and technological innovation, and fostering collaborative and strategic alliances between governmental agencies, private industry and academic institutions.

  • NATO chief urges Russia to stop 'unhelpful rhetoric'
  • Walker's World: China or Russia?
  • US concerned over China military build-up, Taiwan: admiral
  • Taiwan condemns China's 'chequebook diplomacy' over Malawi ties

  • US says Iran sanctions will be 'punitive'
  • N. Korea used UN-linked accounts for arms sales: US probe
  • More Russian nuclear fuel delivered to Iran
  • Outside View: World free of nukes

  • NATO Could Use US Missiles For South East Theater Defense
  • Analysis: Capabilities of Chinese missiles
  • Israel test-fires ballistic missile after Iran warning
  • MEADS Receives Contract To Incorporate New PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement

  • ABM Turnaround In Seoul With SM-3s For Sejong The Great
  • Olmert briefed on Israeli missile shield progress
  • US hopeful of agreement soon with Czechs on radar
  • Seoul to equip ships to intercept NKorea missiles: report

  • Qatar Airways looking to natural gas fuel
  • EADS offers to build military, civilian aircraft in US
  • Purdue Wind Tunnel Key For Hypersonic Vehicles And Future Space Planes
  • Antarctic ballooning hits milestone

  • Iraq War See Widespread Use Of Unmanned Air Vehicles
  • BAE Systems Delivers UAV Target Detection Systems To US Army
  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Show Battlefield To Soldiers
  • GA-ASI And SENER Sign Teaming Agreement On Predator UAS Series

  • Iraq military deal won't tie US hands: State dept
  • US unlikely to cut Iraq forces below pre-surge levels: analysts
  • Truth was first US casualty in Iraq war: study
  • Pentagon confident in armored vehicles despite first fatality

  • Eurofighter Typhoon Logs Over 35,000 Flying Hours
  • Raytheon To Provide Revolutionary AESA Capabilities To 135 F/A-18s
  • Boeing Completes Flight Of First AEW And C Wedgetail Aircraft Modified In Australia
  • Rheinmetall To Supply Kodiak Armoured Engineer Vehicles To Sweden And The Netherlands

  • The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2007 - SpaceDaily.AFP and UPI Wire Stories are copyright Agence France-Presse and United Press International. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by SpaceDaily on any Web page published or hosted by SpaceDaily. Privacy Statement