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Did Men Really Land on the Moon?

Fox TV special questions moon landing, but public says "no" to conspiracy theory


PRINCETON, NJ -- A new conspiracy-themed television show airing on Fox television asks viewers "Could the entire moon program have been an elaborate deception staged to fool the public?" Considering Gallup polling from 1999, it's unlikely that the public will buy in to such a theory. In the July 1999 poll, the overwhelming majority of Americans (89%) do not believe the U.S. government staged or faked the Apollo moon landing. Only 6% of the public believes the landing was faked and another 5% have no opinion.

Survey Methods

The results below are based on telephone interviews with a randomly selected national sample of 1,061 adults 18 years and older, conducted July 13-14, 1999. For results based on this sample, one can say with 95 percent confidence that the maximum error attributable to sampling and other random effects is plus or minus 3 percentage points. In addition to sampling error, question wording and practical difficulties in conducting surveys can introduce error or bias into the findings of public opinion polls.

Thinking about the space exploration, do you think the government staged or faked the Apollo moon landing, or don't you feel that way?


Yes, staged





1999 Jul 13-14





1995 Jul 19-20**




** Time/CNN/Yankelovich Partners, Inc. Poll

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