February 13, 2018
As Congress debates President Trump’s wall this week—and the threat of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) continues to hang over Dreamers—U.S. voters are wondering about the arrival of a different type of alien: A majority of Americans (55%) think that we are not alone in the universe—and that intelligent beings from other planets will find us before we find them, based on findings of a Marist Poll of 1,033 U.S. adults released on February 12.
In fact, more than two-thirds of respondents (68%) believe that there is intelligent life on other planets, according to the researchers—up from 52% in 2005. And a plurality (46%) believe that the extraterrestrials are probably smarter than we are—while 74% think they are at least as clever as humans.
Interestingly enough, 74% of Americans under the age of 45—including 79% of those under the age of 30 and 72% of Millennial men—are the most likely to think that we will have a “close encounter” with denizens of another world.
Research contact: @LeeMiringoff