More than two-fifths of all Americans now believe some UFOs are alien spacecraft, a significant increase since 2019, according to a newly published poll.
According to a opinion poll conducted between July 6 and 21, 41 percent of people now believe that some UFOs “contain alien spacecraft from other planets,” up from 33 percent in 2019.
Conversely, only half of all Americans, up from 60 percent in 2019, are skeptical, saying these unexplained observations could be answered through human activity or natural phenomena.
Significantly More Americans Now Believe Some UFOs Are Spacecraft, Significantly More Since 2019, According To A New Poll
According to a Gallup poll conducted between July 6 and 21, 41% of people now believe that some UFOs “contain alien spacecraft from other planets,” up from 33% in 2019
Those who had no opinion rose slightly to nine percent in 2021, compared to seven percent in 2019.
“With more mainstream news about UFOs in recent years, and the government taking sightings more seriously, the idea that UFOs could be alien spacecraft doesn’t seem as far-fetched to Americans as it did even two years ago,” Gallup wrote in the release.
“Meanwhile, the government seems more focused on determining whether the threat comes from foreign governments rather than from other planets, and half of Americans continue to assume there is a terrestrial explanation for all such sightings.”
Breaking down the data further, 37% of graduates believe some UFOs are alien craft, up from 27% in 2019. Forty-nine percent of respondents with “some college education” believe the objects are from another world, up 40% and those without college education rose four points to 39%
Gallup surveyed 1,007 American adults for the study, about two weeks after the Pentagon released its highly controversial report on unidentified aerial phenomena.
Breaking down the data further, graduates — who used to be most skeptical of alien believers — want to believe.
Now 37 percent of graduates believe some UFOs are alien craft, up from 27 percent in 2019.
Forty-nine percent of respondents with “some college education” believe the objects come from another world, up from 40 percent two years ago.
Those with no college education rose four points to 39 percent, which Gallup says is “not a statistically significant change.”
Men are increasingly more likely than women to believe there is life beyond Earth, with 44 percent of men believing UFOs to be alien craft, up from 34 percent in 2019.
Thirty-eight percent of women now believe that UFOs come from another world, up from 33 percent in 2019.
Men are more likely than women to believe there is life beyond Earth, in 44% of men compared to 38% for women, study finds
Among the age groups, 18-34 year olds and 35-54 year olds are most likely to believe Earth has been visited by an alien craft, at 45 percent, a 13 percent increase since 2019.
Thirty-seven percent of over-55s believe the objects are extraterrestrial in nature.
A similar survey published in July said two-thirds of all Americans believe alien life exists, but nearly 90 percent believe they pose no threat.
In June, the Pentagon released its report on the topic of “unidentified aerial phenomena” (UAPs), but it failed to explain 140 of the 144 sightings dating back to 2004.
The released June 25 report, from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, added that it contains insufficient data to determine the nature of mysterious flying objects.
“In 18 incidents, described in 21 reports, observers reported unusual UAP movement patterns or flight characteristics,” the report said.
“Some UAPs appeared to stall with airborne winds, move upwind, maneuver abruptly or move at significant speed, with no discernible propulsion means. In a small number of cases, military aircraft systems processed radio frequency (RF) energy associated with UAP sightings.
“The UAPTF contains a small amount of data showing that UAP demonstrates acceleration or some degree of signature management. Additional rigorous analyzes are needed by multiple teams or groups of technical experts to determine the nature and validity of this data.
“We are conducting further analyzes to determine whether breakthrough technologies have been demonstrated.”
The term UFO has recently been replaced by an unidentified aerial phenomenon, especially in light of the fact that the US Pentagon released three videos in April 2020.
The footage had previously been recognized as genuine by the Navy, capturing what pilots recorded on their video sensors during training flights in 2004 and 2015.
Two of the clips were first published in 2017 by the New York Times and the third by the To The Stars Academy in 2018 – a group specializing in unexplained phenomena founded by Blink-182 guitarist Tom DeLonge.
Only one of the 144 reports of UFOs – or Unidentified Aerial Phenomena as the government calls them – can be explained, while the others can hardly be classified
The government report says 144 UFOs — or UAPs — were reported between 2004 and 2021.
These reports include a spherical flying object that buzzes over Navy warships and disappears into the Pacific Ocean, a tic-tac-shaped flying object that mimics the maneuvers of Super Hornet pilots, and pyramid-shaped flying objects.
The only one that can be explained with “high confidence” is a deflated balloon.
Because the reported UAPs exhibited unusual flight characteristics and exhibited different appearances and behaviors, the report groups the UAPs into five categories.
1. Airborne Clutter – These objects include birds, balloons, recreational unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), or air debris such as plastic bags that obscure a scene and affect an operator’s ability to identify real targets, such as enemy aircraft.
2. Natural Atmospheric Phenomena – Natural atmospheric phenomena include ice crystals, moisture and thermal fluctuations that can register on some infrared and radar systems.
3. USG or US Industry Development Programs – Some UAP sightings can be attributed to developments and classified programs by US entities. The report states, “However, we were unable to confirm that these systems were responsible for the UAP reports we collected.”
4. Opponents’ Foreign Systems – Some UAPs may be technologies deployed by China, Russia, another nation, or a non-governmental entity, but the report says the US doesn’t know a nation has technology that has been reported.
5. An all-encompassing ‘other’ bin – Most of the UAPs described in the dataset are likely to remain unidentified due to limited data or challenges to collection processing or analysis and may require additional scientific knowledge and advances to categorize them. “The UAPTF plans to focus additional analysis on the small number of cases where a UAP appeared to exhibit unusual flight characteristics or signature management,” the report said.