Only 9% of Americans believe it’s very likely that time travel is possible. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that that thirty-three percent (33%) of voters say it’s very unlikely (see crosstab results).
Robust skepticism about time travel holds up across all demographic groups in the survey. Even Millennials, who have lived all their lives in the midst of rapid technological achievements, are not very convinced of the possibility of time travel with only 16% of them describing it as very likely.
The same skepticism holds up when Americans are asked whether humans from the future are currently here on Earth. Only 8% find that scenario to be very likely compared to 47% who says it’s very unlikely.
But at least some elements of the scientific community may be less skeptical then they were before this year. A new paper published in the journal Classical and Quantum Gravity, debunks one of science’s long-held theories disproving one aspect of time travel. But it’s not clear if the new theory will have any effect on the public’s thinking at large.
The survey does seem to suggest that the steady stream of time travel themed movies and TV shows over the last several decades have not convinced much of the public that the idea is much more than a fantasy.
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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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