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Pew poll finds 65% of Americans believe intelligent life exists on other planets

About two-thirds of Americans (65%) say their best guess is that intelligent life exists on other planets, according to a Pew Research Center survey conducted just before the release of the government assessment.

By and large, the public does not view UFOs as a major threat to the country. When asked to think about U.S. national security, most Americans (87%) say that UFOs are not a threat at all (51%) or a minor threat (36%). “Some segments of the public are more likely than others to believe that intelligent life exists on other planets,” Pew’s release June 30 read.

“This view is especially pronounced among younger Americans. About three-quarters (76%) of adults under age 30 say intelligent life exists on other planets, versus 57% of those 50 and older.” Among those believing in aliens, 69% see the military sightings as evidence.

“This pattern holds when looking only at adults who say that UFOs reported by people in the military are probably or definitely evidence of intelligent life outside Earth. Among the 51% of U.S. adults who say that military-reported UFOs are at least probably evidence of intelligent life outside Earth, 26% say UFOs are friendly, 7% say they are unfriendly, and 65% say neither.” The Pew Research Center polled 10,417 U.S. adults June 14-24 and had a margin of error of plus or minus 1.5 percentage points.

ARTICLE: PAUL MURDOCH

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
PHOTO CREDITS: GALLUP

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