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LOS ANGELES (MCT ) — Not only do more than 80 million Americans believe that UFOs exist , many are not afraid of an alien drop- in, according to a new study . As part of its new “ Chasing UFOs ” series , the National Geographic Channel conducted a poll to assess Americans ’ views on the paranormal . The study found that 11 percent of those polled firmly believed they had spotted a UFO . In addition, most of those polls said they would regard a minor alien invasion as only a minor inconvenience . And most expect the visitors to be “E . T . ”- type friendly , according to a news release on the study .
If you believe in UFOs, you may be in better company than you think. 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. Seventeen percent said they did not believe in UFOs, or Unidentified Flying Objects, and nearly half of those surveyed said they were unsure. Perhaps reflective of today's political climate, there appears to be near-universal skepticism of government — nearly four- fifths of respondents said they believe the government has concealed information about UFOs from the public. The study, commissioned in anticipation of National Geographic Channel's "Chasing UFOs" series premiering Friday night, was not all serious, said Brad Dancer, National Geographic's senior vice president for audience and business development. Respondents were asked whether President Barack Obama or Republican challenger Mitt Romney would handle an alien invasion better (Obama won 65 percent in that contest) and which superhero they would call in to fight off the attack (the Hulk beat out Batman and Spider-Man). "We were trying to have a little fun and see if pop culture references have had an impact on people's beliefs," Dancer said. "It's intended as a fun survey of public opinion." Hollywood, he added, may have contributed to the belief — held by 55 percent of Americans, according to the study — that Men in Black-style agents threaten people who report UFO sightings. As movies portraying aliens become increasingly convincing, they may subconsciously affect people's attitudes, he said. A growing number of Americans have come to believe that Earth is not the only planet in the universe hosting life, he said. The study showed that 77 percent of Americans believe there are signs that aliens have visited Earth.
If we were in the 1950 and 60's this would be unimaginable. I guess it just take a long time for people to get with the program.
What i was trying to say is that those times even with all the UFO's hysteria of the day there were still many people that laughed it off and now as soo much information has come to light it has changed forced a perspective change in light of new information.
Originally posted by Phage
reply to post by XstanX888
Do you know what "percent" means? A lower percentage of the population believes UFOs are real now than did 46 years ago.
edit on 7/1/2012 by Phage because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by Unity_99
Their polls vary alot don't they. CNN with Larry, and it was over 80% that believed no only in UFO's but Government coverups. So, this doesnt really seem accurate.
Originally posted by yourmaker
all that alien hysteria creeping into msm wouldn't have something to do with that?... would it?
or is it just becoming more clear that life in other galaxies and star systems seems more likely as days go by, and we watch ourselves progress beyond what we once thought was impossible.
whatever the case, we cannot come to solid conclusions that UFOs exist until 100% solid undeniable proof is laid before the public's eyes and the government informs us that yes there are other worlds with 'people' on them.
until then we have to assume that we could be the first or last civilization in our immediate surrounding with others possibly living out too far to affect us.