Thirty-seven percent (37%) of Americans say it’s Very Likely there is life elsewhere in the galaxy. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 22% believe it’s Very Likely aliens have visited Earth at some point in the past. Eleven percent (11%) are that confident beings from another planet are here on Earth today.
More men (45%) than women (29%) believe extraterrestrial life is very likely. Younger Americans are more likely than their elders to believe there is life elsewhere in the galaxy. Among adults under 35, 41% believe that it is Very Likely. There are few differences to be found along the lines of income and education (see crosstab results).
The focus on alien life took a step forward in recent months with news that Russian billionaire Yuri Milner and his Breakthrough Starshot Foundation had made a partnership deal with NASA. And at least one NASA scientist says it’s possible aliens have visited the Earth at some point.
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The national survey of 1,072 Adults was conducted December 25-26, 2018 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a 3.0 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.
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