Poll Suggests 48 Percent Of Americans Believe In UFOs


Can we believe in UFOs? Or in polls saying we believe in UFOs? The Huffington Post writes:

Nearly half the population believes UFOs could be a sign of extraterrestrial visitation.

A HuffPost/YouGov poll reveals that 48 percent of adults in the United States are open to the idea that alien spacecraft are observing our planet — and just 35 percent outright reject the idea.

The poll was seen as vindication from the community of UFO researchers who often feel they are laughed off by government officials.

“It’s always been intriguing to me how we act as though only kooks and quacks believe in flying saucers. And it’s never been true,” said former nuclear physicist Stanton Friedman, who was the original civilian investigator of the events surrounding the legendary Roswell, NM, UFO crash of 1947.

In the poll, 1,000 adults were asked if they either believed or didn’t believe that some people have witnessed UFOs that have an extraterrestrial origin.

9 Comments on "Poll Suggests 48 Percent Of Americans Believe In UFOs"

  1. BuzzCoastin | Sep 14, 2013 at 2:27 pm |

    over 75% of Homelanders think they live in:
    a free kuntery, have a bill of rights & elect public officials
    but it doesn’t make it true

  2. Some people may view this as a vindication, but it rather seems to contradict the UFO culture’s mythology of itself. UFO beliefs, for example, aren’t something “the mainstream is afraid to look at,” they’re part of the mainstream. Everyone–government officials and scientists alike–have seen the evidence because the evidence now permeates pop culture. The average person is more familiar with the ancient alien theory of the construction of the pyramids than of the conventional account given by archaeologists.

    As someone who was fascinated by UFOs as a kid, when the idea of alien abductions and such was still on the fringe, it disappoints me that UFOology seems to have become less about the stories, less about curiosity and imagination, and more about greed and ideology. That is, arguing with skeptics, lobbying the government, getting a book deal or a documentary, without saying anything really new or interesting.

    Maybe it’s time for fringe culture to leave UFOs behind and explore something new?

    • Rhoid Rager | Sep 14, 2013 at 8:38 pm |

      I know what you mean. The genuine curiosity
      seemed to die out in the late 90s early 2000s, especially with the passing of
      John Mack.

      However, the burgeoning public recognition of the extraordinary/extraterrestrial
      nature of UFOs could be the necessary shift in collective consciousness that
      will make this issue matter more in the near future. For example, the cases
      where UFOs have been witnessed to intervene in nuclear weapon facilities/testing
      is fascinating. One interpretation could be that they represent our species
      being’s revulsion for nuclear weapons, and that our mass consciousness has
      manifested these events to send those who would threaten to use nuclear weapons
      a clear message that our species will not tolerate this kind of threat.

      The same also goes for Fukushima. There could be a point in the future when the
      fuel rods in the spent fuel pools catch fire if TEPCO’s
      jerry-rigged/Pacific-polluting cooling system fails (since no technology
      currently exists to safely remove the fuel rods). Listen to Arnie Gundersen or
      Helen Caldicott to learn about the epidemiological consequences of this. If we
      consider UFOs as a type of immune reaction for our species being, then the
      disaster at Fukushima is definitely a candidate for further ‘outside’
      intervention. But this is predicated on further knowledge of its destructive
      potential. As a resident of Japan, it’s my sincere hope that more members of
      our species understand this potential, and soon.

    • Charlie Primero | Sep 15, 2013 at 7:26 am |

      I agree. UFO’s used to be fun. One could go camping and snuggle into the sleeping bag with the slight hope that a nuts-and-bolts craft would land and thrill you with electronic opiates and an awesome sexual release for research purposes.

      Now thanks to Richard Hoaxland, Joseph Farrell and Jacque Vallee, UFO’s are nothing more than a CIA psyop, advanced Nazi technology, or extra-solar slave masters. Boring and depressing.

  3. DeepCough | Sep 14, 2013 at 4:12 pm |

    UFOs: Best CIA PsyOp ever.

  4. jasonpaulhayes | Sep 14, 2013 at 7:52 pm |

    It’s not a matter of “Belief” (that word is a weapon), during several sightings I’ve had witnesses with me. I’ve seen many things that only few have and even fever can accept.

  5. bsackamano | Sep 15, 2013 at 12:39 pm |

    We need to be careful with our words, no small feat in todays world. UFO is ONLY Unidentified Flying Object. That could be a bird, a piece of debris, etc anything someone can’t identify in the sky. WHAT YOU MEAN is NON-Earth origin spacecraft with perhaps internal cavities holding non-Earth originated life forms or other things. UFO’s exist of course. The other is still up for debate and I’m assuming that that’s what the 48% you speak of believe exists.

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