[Aviation Today April 3, 2014] A new poll conducted by the Reason Foundation finds that Americans' view of commercial air transportation has not changed as a result of the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370.
According to the results of a nationwide study conducted by the Princeton Survey Research Associates International, more than 80 percent of respondents said the events surrounding the missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing
777-200 have not caused them to change their views of flying. Only 1 percent of the respondents said they would be more likely, while 17 percent said they would be less likely to fly because of MH370.
"The new Reason-Rupe national poll finds 35 percent of Americans think a mechanical problem caused the plane to crash, 22 percent believe the pilots crashed the plane intentionally, 12 percent feel it was destroyed by terrorists, 9 percent say the plane landed safely and is in hiding, 5 percent believe the disappearance is related to supernatural or alien activity, and 3 percent think it was shot down by a foreign government," the Princeton Survey research associates said.
The national poll included live interviews with 1,003 Americans between March 26th and March 30th.