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Gallup poll: 'Government is covering up UFOs'

Posted on Sunday, 8 September, 2019 | Comment icon 107 comments

A third of Americans believe that some UFOs are alien spacecraft. Image Credit: PD - Max Pixel
The majority of Americans believe that the US government knows more than it is letting on about UFOs.
With the 'Storm Area 51' event recently accruing millions of signups, interest in the topic of UFOs and what the government knows about them appears to be as high now as it has ever been.

In a recent poll, 68% of Americans thought that the US government is concealing information on the topic while only 29% believed that officials had shared everything they knew on the subject.

The result echoes a previous poll from 1996 in which 71% said yes to the same question.

According to Gallup, this result is consistent across all demographic groups.
In a separate poll, 33% of American adults believed that some UFOs are extraterrestrial in origin, while 60% remained skeptical - instead favoring the possibility of more conventional explanations.

16% even claimed to have seen a UFO themselves at some point in their lives.

Overall, 86% of Americans reported that they had read or heard about the topic of UFOs.

Whatever the explanation for such sightings, it appears as though the phenomenon has become well and truly ingrained in the nation's consciousness.

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Tags: UFO, Poll

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #98 Posted by Earl.Of.Trumps on 21 September, 2019, 13:17
@skookum - because UFO has a bad name. 
Comment icon #99 Posted by Trelane on 21 September, 2019, 15:48
Nooo, not bad by any means. It's just an unproved and extremely unlikely name used as a very weak explanation.
Comment icon #100 Posted by Earl.Of.Trumps on 21 September, 2019, 17:28
@Trelane,  To a lot of people UFOlogy=crackpot science. They think of such luminaries as Lazar, Corso, Freidman, Vallee, Belle and Noory etc. The DoD I am sure would rather start with a clean slate and avoid being lumped in with the above. Just an opinion.  And this may be even a bigger reason, if the US Navy/DoD calls these UAPs UFOs, doesn't that make American UFOlogists look to be correct the whole while and make people wonder why the DoD couldn't figure it out until decades *after* the advent of American Ufology? Ya. People will wonder that.
Comment icon #101 Posted by the13bats on 21 September, 2019, 20:15
UAP vs UFO Its a rational update of a leading grossly misused term, ufologists, blind faith believers and basic tin foil stetson crowd took "UFO" which of course means unidentified flying object and bastardized it into a cheesy wrong blanket term meaning "its in the sky we have no clue what it really is so it must be aliens" of course legitimate science wants nothing to do with such asinine tripe so they come up with UAP, =  unidentified aerial phenomenon which is not so reaching and gives lots of room to use the available evidence and come to an unbiased science based conclusion the subject i... [More]
Comment icon #102 Posted by brian100 on 21 September, 2019, 20:35
And when the Navy finally realizes what UAP is it will change to ASC.
Comment icon #103 Posted by Earl.Of.Trumps on 21 September, 2019, 21:31
@brian100 - what means "ASC"?   Let me see,  Airborne Scary Crafts?  
Comment icon #104 Posted by Trelane on 21 September, 2019, 21:37
Or not. I'm leaning with not.
Comment icon #105 Posted by brian100 on 21 September, 2019, 22:02
EFO   I prefer EFO myself.
Comment icon #106 Posted by Golden Duck on 22 September, 2019, 0:07
The provenance of the videos is so doubtful, we have no idea what the Navy thinks.
Comment icon #107 Posted by stereologist on 22 September, 2019, 14:26
A series of probable training films were leaked which show FLIR images of distant planes and a weather balloon. The makes for a typical UAP. The term UAP is a responsible replacement for the concept since the term UFO has been poisoned by those that think it means aliens. Some people have no idea that the videos were not taken on the sortie in which Captain Fravor thinks he saw something alien. There is no video from that flight.  There is no connection between Fravor's story and any of the videos.

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