Results from a Gallop poll published August 20 show an increase in the number of people who believe unidentified crafts are the work of space aliens.
According to the poll, at least 41% of adults in the United States believe that “some UFOs involve alien spacecraft from other planets.” That’s an eight point jump from 2019, when the number was just 33%.
A full half still believe UFOs are strictly caused by humans or explainable natural phenomena, but even this is down 10 points from two years ago.
Gallup suggests the increase in belief might have something to do with the simultaneous increase in media coverage of UFOs and alien topics. The back half of 2019 saw the infamous ‘Storm Area 51’ event, and more recently there have been a number of official UFO document disclosures, including the UAP report released by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence in June.
Also notable, according to Gallup, is the increase in belief among college-educated adults, which is up 10 points. They say this could be because they pay “greater attention to news.”