New Survey Says That Almost Half of All Americans Believe in Aliens

In the mid-July 2017, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment commissioned a national survey conducted by Toluna regarding UFOs, aliens and abductions. The purpose of the survey was to celebrate and promote the August 1, 2017 release of its film, Phoenix Forgotten.
1,756 Americans participated in the survey. Their ages ranged from 18 to 55 and above, with a gender ratio of 68% percent female to 32% percent male. Regional samplings were as follows: West, 34.34 percent; Midwest, 18.91 percent; South, 30.01 percent; and Northeast, 16.74 percent.

The education level was 99 percent high school graduates. The majority ranged from some who attended college, to some who received bachelor’s and graduate degrees.

The survey reported that 47 percent of Americans believe in aliens (about 150 million people). That number is up 5 percent from the 2012 survey commissioned by National Geographic.

The survey did not measure the percentages of those who don’t don’t believe or who are undecided for comparison.

A short list if notable results includes:

  • 67% believe the Phoenix Lights were created by aliens
  • 47% believe in aliens (about 150 million Americans)
  • 38.78% believe aliens have visited Earth before (about 124 million Americans)
  • 27% know someone who claims to have seen a UFO (about 86.4 million or roughly 1 in 4), while 16.74% say they have seen a UFO personally (about 53.57 million Americans or roughly 1 in 6 Americans)
  • 18% believe abductions happen (about 57.6 million Americans or roughly 1 in 5.)

The survey also indicated that a majority of the respondents believe abductions happen because of a genuine interest in human anatomy (48%), rather than future colonization (25%) or medical experiments (37%). Thirty-five percent total didn’t really like any of those answers, only 5% of which offered an alternative.

The survey also asked really silly questions, like whether you would choose to be abducted yourself or allow someome else to be abducted in your stead, and surveyed who you’d be likely to send instead. Men were 3 times more likely to opt into having their significant over abducted than women (13% vs. 4.5%). On the other hand, men were also more likely to volunteer to be abducted than women (30% vs 19%). I’m really not sure what that contradiction is supposed to imply. Half of the respondents voted None of the Above, which I think says more than any other statistic.

Most folks were smart enough to realize that an actual alien abduction would be terrifying (73%) but there were still respondents who felt such an experience might be enlightening (28%) or even fun (11%).

I remind you that somehow 99% of these respondents were high school graduates or above. Voters even. Wow.

All in all, I’m pretty sure this survey has some significant wording and option flaws, so I’m not sure how seriously we should take the results. I think we can say that they are in general agreement with similar surveys, but better attestation of the UFO phenomenon is found elsewhere. 

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