Nearly Half of Americans Believe in Aliens, According to New Survey

Nearly half of Americans believe in aliens, and nearly as many think aliens are visiting Earth, according to a new survey. Fewer than 20% believe in alien abduction, and even fewer claim that they have seen a UFO.

20th Century Fox Home Entertainment commissioned the survey as part of its promotional campaign for the Blu-ray release of the movie “Phoenix Forgotten.” The film is a sci-fi thriller set during the mass UFO sighting in Phoenix in 1997 that is referred to as “The Phoenix Lights.” The film was produced by Ridley Scott, whose producer and director credits include “Alien” and “The Martian.”

“The Phoenix Lights phenomenon of March 13, 1997, led us to introduce a survey to find out what Americans believe about aliens,” a representative from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment told OpenMinds.tv. “From our survey, we found that nearly half (47%) believe in aliens but less than a fifth think they’ve ever seen a UFO or alien themselves.”

More than 1,700 Americans took part in the survey that was conducted by communications and public relations firm Cohn and Wolfe.