So recently Gallup conducted another UFO poll. They wanted to guage how Americans felt about Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAPs) in the wake of a preliminary report on UAPs issued by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.
The current poll data is based on telephone interviews conducted July 6-21, 2021 with a random sample of 1,007 adults, ages 18+, living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. For results based on this sample of national adults, the margin of sampling error is ±4 percentage points at the 95% confidence level.
I am certainly more confident in this poll than I have been.in past Gallup polls.
You see, it used to be that (from 1973 to 2019) Gallup only asked Americans whether they thought UFO sightings were “something real” (rather than “just people’s imaginations.”) This wording resulted in 47% to 57% of Americans saying they believed; however, it was undeniable that “something real” was subjective and could as easily include drones, balloons and lenticular clouds as the intended alien spacecraft, so Gallup (finally) sought to clarify the poll results in 2019 when they first asked whether any UFOs might have been alien spacecraft.
Interestingly enough, when asked if UFOs were something real in 2019, 56% of Americans polled agreed; however, the August 2019 survey revealed that only 33% of Americans believed that “Some UFOs have been alien spacecraft,” while 60% were of the opinion that all UFOs could be explained by natural phenomena. In other words, the new question clarified that 23% of the number of folks who believed UFOs were “something real” also meant they were probably not from space.
Gallup’s new survey finds Americans a bit more willing to concede that some UFOs have been alien spacecraft. The number is now 41% compared to 33% just 2 years ago. The number of Americans who believe the whole UFO mystery can be explained by human activity or natural phenomenon has gone down by a full 10% to just half of Americans.
This means that, while the Natural Hypothesis of UFO still dominates popular opinion, the Extraterrestrial Hypothesis is growing in popularity.
It should be stated that a potential criticism of the poll is that it does not consider the number of those who believe in the Interdimensional, Cryptoterrestrial, and Cryptozoological Hypotheses of UFO as opposed to the Extraterrestrial Hypothesis. Then again, those positions have always been fringe hypotheses even within the UFO community. 🛸