WASHINGTON, D.C. -- One-third of Americans think some UFOs that people have spotted have been alien spacecraft visiting Earth from other planets or galaxies. A 60% majority, however, believe all such sightings can be explained by human activity or natural phenomena, while an additional 7% are unsure.
|Some have been alien spacecraft||33|
|All explained by human activity/natural phenomenon||60|
|Gallup, Aug. 1-14, 2019|
This is one topic on which Republicans and Democrats agree: 30% of the former and 32% of the latter describe UFOs as alien spacecraft from other planets. Belief is a bit higher among political independents, at 38%.
These findings are based on a Gallup poll conducted in August 2019.
While Americans are inclined to think UFOs are not alien spacecraft, they are more apt to believe alien life forms exist beyond Earth. A June 2019 poll found 49% of Americans believing there are "people somewhat like ourselves" living on other planets. A much larger percentage, 75%, said that "life of some form" exists elsewhere in the universe.
Learn more about U.S. public belief in UFOs in Gallup's 2019 article, "Americans Skeptical of UFOs, but Say Government Knows More."
For more articles in the "Short Answer" series, visit Gallup's The Short Answer page.