The interest in space in the upcoming CNN/Politico debates does not appear to be a fluke—at least not yet. Among the most popular Republican questions, space policy questions occupy four of the top seven spots, and six of the top 15. On the Democratic side it’s even stronger: nine of the top ten most popular questions are all about space (a question about Darfur is the exception, at #3).
Scanning through the most popular lists for both parties, I also noticed a large number of questions about marriage, divorce, and families; you have to get far down the list before you start encountering more familiar topics like Iraq and immigration (although there are a couple questions about taxes near the top of the Republican list.) What still isn’t stated is exactly how many votes are being cast for these questions, nor how this popularity contest will affect the selection of questions for the debates. I’ve made an inquiry on these subjects to Politico.com, but have not received a response yet.