A new YouGov poll has indicated that more people now believe that UFOs may be extraterrestrial in origin.
The survey, which asked a random selection of the US population about their views on UFOs and extraterrestrial life, provided an interesting insight into opinions on the phenomenon and indicated a significant increase in the level of belief in alien life since the 1990s.
When asked “Do you believe that UFOs (Unidentified Flying Objects) are probably alien ships or alien life forms, or that they have some natural scientific explanation?”, the results were almost a three-way tie, with 34% saying “aliens”, 34% saying “don’t know” and 32% saying that UFOs had a natural explanation.
When the same question was posed in 1996, only 20% said “aliens”, 29% said “don’t know” and a whopping 51% believed that there was a natural explanation.
Another poll conducted at that time, which asked whether we are likely to make contact with intelligent aliens within the next 50 years, found that only 4% had said “yes”, while the same question posed in 2022 yielded a result of 13% for “yes”.
For those who voted “no”, the figure had reduced from 69% to 39%.
For the survey, YouGov also asked people who had personally witnessed a UFO whether they believed it was alien in origin or something with a conventional explanation.
34% said that they believed it was aliens, while 43% thought it was a natural phenomenon.
The remaining 23%, meanwhile, simply stated that they weren’t sure one way or the other.