Spring has finally sprung and what better forum is there than the 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair Poll to take America's pulse on the issues in full bloom? Questions on what kind of appetites Americans have for space travel, spending tax refunds, what type of new car they might buy next, who they would want as their commencement speaker, what is their most trusted source for daily news and who they would want to see on a new $500 bill? Other probing questions include how candid they are with their doctors, whether they would jam other people's cell phones if they could, which author they would most want to have penned a newly discovered unpublished book, and finally, what is Swarthmore? Now, the results - some surprising, some less so.
One of the great uniting events in America occurred when Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon. The pride, joy and exhilaration of that moment was palpable to those who remember it. Flash forward to present day where nearly 60 percent of our respondents wouldn't go into space even if it was free. Is it because we're bored with the dream of space travel, or is it that NASA hasn't been given a big enough budget to inspire the next generation? Either way, it's a sad day for those that want a more inspired and unified America that only a third of those asked would go where only a relative few have gone before.