According to an online survey of 1,359 adults who were asked a variety of questions ranging from belief in alien visits to Earth, suspicions of UFO cover-ups, belief in extraterrestrials vs. belief in God, and whether or not men actually landed on the moon.
The survey, conducted by Opinion Matters, revealed the following statistics among those surveyed:
- 52 percent believe UFO evidence has been covered up because widespread knowledge of their existence would threaten government stability.
- 44 percent believe in God.
- One in 10 people has reported seeing a UFO.
- A quarter more men than women claim to have seen UFOs.
- 20 percent of respondents believe UFOs have landed on Earth.
- More than five million British citizens believe the Apollo moon landings were faked.
While the survey was conducted as part of a tie-in with a video game, “XCOM: Enemy Unknown,” it was a legitimate sampling of opinions, according to the agency that conducted the survey.
“Yes, it has been done with an independent panel through a bonafide research company,” said Karen Brooks, managing director of Opinion Matters, a well-known market research agency that created the survey.
“Surveys can be done face-to-face, over the telephone and online. This one was a U.K. adult sample, which is quite broad, and doing it online is a quick, effective way of getting to that audience,” she continued. “We make sure that all of the questions are compliant from a research perspective.”
But some are skeptical of the results, including Alistair Macdonald-Radcliff, an Anglican priest and director general of the World Dialogue Council, a group that promotes better relations between the West and Islamic cultures.
“Having done a certain amount of work with statistics on religion, I am inherently skeptical about what these statistics tell you, and particularly if there’s a narrow, selective base. Something with about 1,000 people does set off alarm bells.”
Online survey’s are dubious at best, but even so, is this a positive or negative sign for the UK?