An image showing a UFO was allegedly captured on closed circuit television (CCTV) in the United Kingdom in 2008. (Image credit: Lenscap/Alamy Stock Photo)
For the last few weeks, the imminent release of a U.S. intelligence report on
unidentified flying objects (UFOs) had stirred excitement across the
United States. So it's not surprising to find that most Americans
believe in intelligent life inhabiting other worlds, according to a
survey conducted before the report was made public on June 25.
Approximately 65% of Americans concur that extraterrestrials exist, and about 51% say that UFO sightings reported by members of the U.S. military represent visits from intelligent aliens, according to a survey conducted by the Pew Research Center, a nonpartisan think tank in Washington, D.C.
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released their survey results prior to World UFO Day, an informal
holiday celebrated on July 2 by UFO enthusiasts. The date is a nod to
the purported 1947 UFO crash on a ranch at Roswell, New Mexico,
according to the World UFO Day website. While the exact date of the alleged Roswell crash is
unknown, the U.S. Army issued a press release on July 8, 1947,
describing the recovery of a crashed flying disk from the ranch,
launching an enduring fascination in the U.S. with extraterrestrials and
UFOs (army representatives later identified the mysterious object as an
errant weather balloon).
the survey, Pew representatives questioned 10,417 American adults about
aliens and UFOs. They found that about 76% of people between 18 and 29
years of age were likely to believe in intelligent aliens, compared with
69% of people ages 30 to 49 and only 58% of people ages 50 to 64.
Regardless of age, most people who were surveyed — 87% — rejected the
notion that UFOs posed a threat to national security — although the
question didn't break down whether that's because they believe UFOs are
ordinary objects or because they believe the aliens flying these UFOs
The long-awaited government report on UFOs was
promised to the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee six months ago. The
committee requested an investigation into unidentified aerial phenomena
(UAPs), to be delivered by the the director of national intelligence and
the secretary of defense, at a time no more than 180 days from Dec. 21,
2020 — the date when the Intelligence Authorization Act for the Fiscal
Year 2021 was enacted.
While Pentagon officials released most of the new report, part of it remains classified and is not available to the public, Live Science previously reported.
However, the report did reveal that military aviators recorded 144 UAP
sightings between 2004 and 2021, of which only one could be definitively
identified — as a weather balloon, the report said.
report did not describe any UAPs as extraterrestrial in origin, instead
saying "there are probably multiple types of UAP requiring different
explanations based on the range of appearances and behaviors described
in the available reporting."
Originally published on Live Science.