13 December 2008
Kodiak Rejects Missile Defense - Overwhelmingly
Results from the Kodiak Daily Mirror online poll, December 5 through December 12:
The U.S. missile shield...
is unnecessary - 67.17%
is important for the nation's defense - 21.59%
will never work - (5.1%)
will ramp up a new arms race - (6.15%)
[percentages based on 667 responses]
Over 78% of the respondents voted anti missile defense. While online polls are generally considered "unscientific", it seems clear a community that is home to a facility used in missile defense tests rejects the notion that it is actually needed.
Coupled with another poll from 26 February 2005, it appears that the KLC is not only unneeded, but also unwanted. We have copied the post from that date below:
Poll Proves Local Opposition to Kodiak Launch Complex
Results of the Kodiak Daily Mirror online poll (17-24 February 2005) 839 responses
Published 24 Feb 2006 in the Kodiak Daily Mirror, page 4
"Why Should the Kodiak Launch Complex exist, or not exist?"
41% - It's waste of taxpayer money and useless in national defense
15.85% - It could potentially damage the environment.
56.85% - Anti-Kodiak Launch Complex
27.41% - It's crucial for national defense
15.71% - It's good for the local economy
43.12% - pro-KLC
The poll clearly indicates local attitudes toward Space Pork Kodiak. We suspect the numbers opposing the KLC would be even higher if there hadn't been the large number of out-of-state workers in town to support the latest MDA launch. The poll was running over 50% for "It's a waste..." until somebody alerted the KLC staff around Feb 22 causing a huge spike in the pro percentages. Despite this anomaly, the unmistakable community opposition is undeniable and prevailed in the overall results.