Last week, the National Geographic Channel (NGC) released the results of its "Aliens Among Us" poll. The poll was conducted in May of 2012 and was commissioned to bring attention to the new NGC program, "Chasing UFOs" which premiered Friday, June 29, 2012.
While most of the poll's questions were typical of those asked in other polls regarding the beliefs of Americans concerning space aliens and UFOs, NGC senior vice president, Brad Dancer acknowledged not all the questions were serious; but, some were intended to be fun and to measure the impact of pop culture references on these beliefs.
These "fun" questions included: "Who would better handle an alien invasion, President Barack Obama or Republican Challenger, Mitt Romney?" And, "Which superhero would you call in to fight off an alien attack?"
The more serious questions were consistent with the findings of prior polling related to UFOs in revealing the extent of Americans' belief in UFOs. These findings include: 71% of Americans believe in UFOs, 11% are confident they have seen one, 20% claim to know someone who has seen one, and 79% believe the government has kept something about UFOs hidden from the American public.
Since NGC made this a topic of discussion, we thought it a good time to take a closer look at UFOs in our article, "Beam Me Up Scotty". In the article you can also find the answer to which political candidate and which superhero Americans thought would best lead the charge against an alien attack.
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