Nearly half the population believes UFOs could be a sign of extraterrestrial visitation.
“One of those things is that we gave people a lot of gradations of the ability to agree. We had ‘strongly agree’ to ‘only slightly agree.'”
Swanson further explained how, in the previous poll, “we asked about aliens coming to Earth. In the new poll, we’re talking about UFOs of extraterrestrial origin and whether people have seen or experienced those. There may be a difference in terms of how people are interpreting that.
“Some people might be imagining aliens coming to Earth — meaning like little green men actually on the ground. Whereas, a UFO, in theory could be an unmanned spacecraft, just some kind of contact with alien technology, and not necessarily actual aliens being on Earth physically. It’s very interesting that the people who are on the fence actually seem to be somewhat inclined to say that they do believe.”
The breakdown of responses include:
— Those who believe that some UFOs are alien in nature include 49 percent of men and 48 percent of women.
— College grads in this category show up at 37 percent while 53 percent of those who went to college but didn’t graduate are among the UFO-ET believers.
— From a political perspective, the ET believer camp reveals 58 percent to be Democrats, 47 percent Independents and 37 percent Republicans.
Based on these current survey figures, Friedman would like to see fewer UFO eyewitnesses labeled as kooks.
“Polling has one advantage: Nobody knows who you’re talking to. It’s anonymous, and people are willing to say things if they know it’s not going to be attributable to them,” he said.
Lee Speigel - The Huffington Post