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New survey suggests 36% believe in UFOs


Posted on Sunday, 1 July, 2012 | Comment icon 79 comments


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According to the results of a new National Geographic survey, over 36% of Americans believe in UFOs.

Crucially however the poll failed to define 'UFO', meaning that it doesn't necessarily mean that those who voted 'yes' believe such objects to be extraterrestrial in origin. According to the results, 10% believe that they've actually witnessed a UFO first hand while nearly four-fifths were under the impression that the government was withholding information on the topic.

In another question voters were asked who they would rather see leading the country in the event of an alien invasion, with Obama winning with 65% of the vote. National Geographic Senior Vice President Brad Dancer was keen however to emphasise that the poll was intended only as a bit of fun and that it shouldn't be taken too seriously. "We were trying to have a little fun and see if pop culture references have had an impact on people's beliefs," he said. "It's intended as a fun survey of public opinion."

"Thirty-six percent of Americans, about 80 million people, believe UFOs exist, and a tenth believe they have spotted one, a new National Geographic poll shows."

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Comment icon #70 Posted by TheMacGuffin on 3 July, 2012, 0:21
GALLUP MIRROR OF AMERICA SURVEY - 1990 Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, August 5, 1990 Have you read or heard about UFOs? · Yes 90% · No 10% Have you, yourself, ever seen anything you thought was a UFO? · Yes 14% · No 85% · Don't know 1% In your opinion, are UFOs something real, or just people's imagination? · Real 47% · Imagination 31% · Don't know 22% Do you think there are people somewhat like ourselves living on other planets in the universe, or not? · Yes 46% · No 36% · Don... [More]
Comment icon #71 Posted by TheMacGuffin on 3 July, 2012, 0:23
The best polling service in the U.S. in the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago, but to my knowledge they have never done a survey about aliens or UFOs.
Comment icon #72 Posted by CRIPTIC CHAMELEON on 3 July, 2012, 0:31
Really the goverments of the world lie to us. And with hold information well I never LOL
Comment icon #73 Posted by Ryegrog on 3 July, 2012, 0:57
We do know more about the surface of the moon then our oceans.
Comment icon #74 Posted by Alienated Being on 3 July, 2012, 1:13
I am well-aware of the Shag Harbour incident, yes; however, I am not very keen on accepting the postulation that it is "otherworldly". I would be more inclined to believe that it was merely the result of a top-secret military craft test gone horribly astray, much rather than a space ship crash with little green men.
Comment icon #75 Posted by Pulsar_J on 3 July, 2012, 1:51
I think that humans don't have the capacity to scientifically study some of the anomalities apparently found in our skies.
Comment icon #76 Posted by DBunker on 3 July, 2012, 3:13
I hear people say that..... but why is that, you think?
Comment icon #77 Posted by TheMacGuffin on 3 July, 2012, 3:41
I find it interesting that the 1947 Gallup Poll did not even mention the Extraterrestrial Hypothesis as a possible explanation for UFOs. Slowly but surely, though, the ETH has been gaining traction over the decades. Even the skeptics and the debunkers have always had their role to play in this, consciously or unconsciously, for making things difficult often encourages people to dig even harder.
Comment icon #78 Posted by epiffanie on 3 July, 2012, 6:33
Many centuries of brainwash has been put upon people with the help of religion being the first authority. Then government coming in second. Why would any high authority want people to believe in extraterrestials? Do you know the chaos it would bring? Many religious people, which is most of the world, do not believe in ETs. And believe it or not, many believe if ETs do exist that means they can throw out their perception of god. Which I find completely stupid and irrelevent. Say if you did believe in a higher being, and your book tells you how the world started, why can't they accept... [More]
Comment icon #79 Posted by trish1997 on 23 July, 2012, 11:59
I think at this point , that number is much higher , amybe over 55 or 65%


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