LIFE is out there on other planets – at least, that is what our politicians think.
And Liberal Democrat supporters are the party members most likely to believe in aliens, startling new findings have revealed.
A survey carried out by research company Ipsos MORI showed that, of all the political parties, 25 per cent of Lib Dems quizzed over whether they believed life would be found on Mars this year said yes.
It compared to 18 per cent of Labour voters and 16 per cent of Conservatives.
It was just one of a range of questions asked by the firm about voters’ predictions for 013.
Cheltenham Mayor Colin Hay (LD, Oakley) said the results of the survey showed backers of his party were possibly more open-minded than their counterparts.
“I’m not sure what the survey proves really, but I suppose you could say that perhaps Lib Dem voters are a bit more open-minded than your average voter,” he said.
“I don’t think it shows they are gullible – perhaps just that they are prepared to believe there is something out there.”
However, Mr Hay said he did not believe Cheltenham was under threat of an alien invasion any time soon.
And he admitted he had his doubts over whether there really was life out beyond the stars.
“Personally I don’t believe in aliens,” he added.
“If there was life on Mars it would be bacteria but I doubt very much if there is intelligent life.
“I don’t think there is any reason for us to panic just yet.”
Fellow Lib Dem councillor Charles Stewart (All Saints) said was a firm believer in extra-terrestrial <strong cla