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The Short Answer
Do Americans Believe in UFOs?
The Short Answer

Do Americans Believe in UFOs?

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.

Americans' Views of UFOs in 2019
We have a question about unidentified flying objects, also known as UFOs. Which comes closer to your view -- [some UFOs have been alien spacecraft visiting Earth from other planets or galaxies, (or) all UFO sightings can be explained by human activity on Earth or natural phenomenon]?
U.S. adults
%
Some have been alien spacecraft 33
All explained by human activity/natural phenomenon 60
No opinion 7
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."

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