Britons choose Donald Trump, Putin and Kim Jong-un as leaders they want to send away to the moon

Our new Omnibus survey for the 50th anniversary of the Moon landings ask about Britons' attitudes to space and reveals the politician they'd like to send away on a one-way ticket to the moon.

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  • Federica Curcurú Omnibus
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50 years after the first moon landing, a new Ipsos MORI Omnibus survey finds that Donald Trump is the top candidate to take an extended trip to the moon - almost 5 in 10 Britons (45%) selected Trump out of a list of politicians, past and present, they would like to send to the moon.  Kim Jung-un is second on the list with 31%, followed closely by Putin with 29% of people mentioning him.

Jeremy Corbyn and Boris Johnson are tied in first place for British politicians with 23% mentioning them as one of their top 3. Nigel Farage closely follows with 21% while Jeremy Hunt and Vince Cable are mentioned much less with 6% and 3% respectively naming them.
Those in Wales and Scotland are more likely to send Trump to the moon than those in England (54%, 52% and 44% respectively).

Those from older generations are more than three times as likely to pick Jeremy Corbyn than Generation Z. Just under 1 in 3 (34%) of 55-75 year olds chose the Labour Party leader compared to just 11% of those aged 25-34.

Ben Page, CEO Ipsos MORI says:

The public has a very clear idea about who they want to send to the moon with President Donald Trump the hot favourite for a one-way ticket, followed by the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and President Putin of Russia. Given their standing with the British public this may not be surprising.

Looking back on the moon landing in 1969, 7 in 10 people approve of the Americans putting a man on the moon while only 4% disapprove. A third of people think that it is a good thing that it was the Americans put a man on the moon first while 6 in 10 think it makes little difference who got there first.

Over half (53%) of people would like to see a man on Mars by the 2030s while 1 in 10 oppose this.

Technical note

  • The research was conducted on Ipsos MORI’s online omnibus.
  • Online interviews were carried out amongst adults aged 16-75 in Great Britain.
  • Our participants base includes 2,180 adults who completed the survey between 12th and 16th July 2019.
  • The data has been weighted to the known population profile by age, gender, region, social grade and working status to be nationally representative and reflect the adult population of Great Britain.

The author(s)

  • Federica Curcurú Omnibus

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