Chances are, even if you’re not inclined to believe in the existence of alien life, the person next to you does. In fact, according to a new poll, over half of the people in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Germany are likely to believe that extraterrestrial life exists.
Tech Times reported September 28 that a recent YouGov poll found that, even though there is no evidence that supports the belief, more than half of the people of the US, the UK, and Germany believe that alien life is extant somewhere in the universe. In fact, findings indicate that 56 percent of Germans think extraterrestrial life exists, while 54 percent of Americans and 52 percent of Brits do as well.
As for those that believe the converse, that extraterrestrial life does not exist, the numbers show that Germans are more decisive, a full 32 percent responding that there is no alien life in the universe. Americans are the least decisive, polling the highest, at 24 percent, in the “Don’t Know” category.
In the same poll, respondents were asked why, if alien life does exist elsewhere, there has yet to be any definitive proof (which supports the Fermi Paradox: If aliens exist, where are they?)? The most common answer was that intelligent extraterrestrial life was too far away for contact, followed closely by human technology not being advanced enough to contact intelligent aliens. Other answers include the possibility that aliens are ignoring us, that their technology may hot be advanced enough to contact Earth, and the sad possibility that other advanced extraterrestrial civilizations may have destroyed themselves before they could contact us. The most disturbing answer provided was the possibility that alien life exists and has contacted the Earth but a cover-up by the government has kept the information from the public.
Last year, NASA predicted that proof of alien life would be discovered within two decades. This comes as NASA and other space agencies continue to explore space near and far via telescopes and probes and as discoveries suggest that the possibility for life elsewhere exists even within the Solar System itself.
Waterworlds have been discovered circling faraway stars. Earth-like, or rocky, planets have been found in habitable zones — distances from a parent star wherein it is believed that conditions for life might be engendered and sustained — as well. And just this week, NASA announced findings on Mars suggests flowing water exists on Mars, underscoring the possibility that life on Mars might exist (albeit most likely in non-intelligent, microorganism form).