(PresidentialInsider.com)- According to a Pew Research poll conducted in June, 65% of US adults believe that there is life on other planets. Fifty-one percent believe that the reported military sightings of “unmanned aerial phenomenon” – the official term for UFOs – are likely proof of intelligent alien life.
Of those who believe that intelligent life exists on other plants, most of them are younger Americans. Of the 65 percent who believe there is life on other planets, 76 percent are under the age of thirty. Among those fifty and older, only 57 percent hold that opinion.
Among those who do believe in intelligent alien life, 69 percent cite the military sightings as evidence of their exitence.
As to whether these unmanned aerial phenomenon should be considered a national security threat, Pew found that Americans are “not inclined to assume” that UAPs are hostile. Only ten percent of respondents see UAP sightings as a national security threat. Eighty-seven percent do not.
When specifically asked for a best guess, 17 percent say UAPs come in peace. Seven percent believe they are unfriendly. The majority, however, 74 percent don’t believe they are either peaceful or hostile.
The Pew poll was conducted prior to the release of the preliminary assessment into UFOs by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI).
That report found a total of 144 incidents of unidentified aerial phenomenon between November 2004 and March 2021. All 144 incidents were reported by members of the US armed forces.
According to the ODNI report, these sightings of unidentified craft appear clustered near US military sites. However, the ODNI acknowledges that this could be explained by the higher concentrations of sensors at military facilities.
The ODNI separates the UAPs into five categories: airborne clutter (such as birds, balloons or random debris), atmospheric phenomena, classified programs by US corporate or government entities, technologies deployed by foreign nations or entities, and a final “catchall” or “other” category for objects that require further scientific advances to be better understood.
Absent from the ODNI report is any indication that these UAPs are extraterrestrial aircrafts. Instead, the report simply maintains that the UAPs remain unidentified.