A recent survey conducted by the Pew Research Center has revealed that a surprising 65% of Americans believe that intelligent life exists on other planets. This figure is based on a survey of 10,417 US adults conducted between June 14-24, just before the government released its assessment on unidentified flying objects (UFOs).
Of those surveyed, 51% believe that the UFO reports received by the military are possible evidence of life outside our planet’s existence. 40% of this group say that military-reported UFOs are “possible” evidence of non-human life, while 11% believe that life outside Earth “definitely” exists. Meanwhile, 47% of respondents believe that the army reports are possibly not evidence of life in the universe, and 11% do not believe in the proof of life other than Earth.
The survey also found that 87% of Americans do not see UFOs as a significant threat to national security. While 36% of U.S. adults view UFOs as a minor threat, 51% don’t believe they pose a threat at all. Additionally, 17% of Americans see UFOs as friendly, 7% believe they are unfriendly, and the remaining 74% don’t hold an opinion.
Interestingly, the survey found that younger Americans were more likely to believe in the existence of intelligent life outside Earth, with 76% of those under 30 years old holding this view. This is compared to 57% of those aged 50 and above.
It should be noted that this survey alone is not enough to determine whether the recent government report on UFOs has influenced people’s beliefs about extraterrestrial life. The survey also does not show whether those who were already inclined to believe in the existence of intelligent life followed the story closely.
The Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan think tank that conducts public opinion polling, demographic research, content analysis, and other data-driven social science research.