Are Earthlings alone? Half of humans believe in alien life

FILE PHOTO: The Yoda puppet used in the original movies, is seen at the Star Wars Identities exhibition at the 02 in London
FILE PHOTO: The Yoda puppet used in the original movies, is seen at the Star Wars Identities exhibition at the 02 in London, Britain, November 8, 2016. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez/File Photo

December 8, 2017

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – Nearly half of humans believe in alien life and want to make contact, a survey in 24 countries has found, in what researchers said helps to explain the lasting popularity of the “Star Wars” franchise 40 years after the first movie was screened.

On the eve of the release of “The Last Jedi”, researchers published findings that 47 percent of more than 26,000 respondents believe “in the existence of intelligent alien civilizations in the universe”.

An even greater 61 percent said “yes” when asked if they believe in “some form of life on other planets”. Roughly a quarter said they do not believe intelligent life exists beyond Earth, researchers at Glocalities said.

Among those who believe we are not alone in the universe, 60 percent said we should try to seek contact with alien civilizations, it found.

It was not the first survey to collect views on extraterrestrial beings — questionnaires in Germany, Britain and the United States have found similar rates — but researchers said this was the largest poll of its kind with such global reach.

“The high score on the belief in the existence of intelligent alien civilizations and the distinct profile of these people partly explains the immense popularity of space movies such as Star Wars,” said research director Martijn Lampert.

“People who believe in the existence of intelligent alien civilizations are not a marginal minority,” he said.

The most believers in intelligent alien life were in Russia, at 68 percent, trailed closely by Mexico and China, with the down-to-earth Dutch bottoming out the list at 28 percent, the poll found [].

The interviews were conducted in 15 languages between December 2015 and February 2016 in countries representing 62 percent of the world’s population and 80 percent of the global economy.

“The Last Jedi,” the eighth installment of the blockbuster “Star Wars” series, debuts in theaters next week.

(Reporting by Anthony Deutsch, editing by Larry King)

  • Phil M. Kelley

    It does not frighten me in the least that there may be other sentients out there. What does frighten me is that there may not be superior alien intellect.

  • bobruark

    yea so? well if there is intelligent life out there they have demonstrated their supreme wisdom by avoiding this pestilence invested planet overrun by dirty stinking naked apes

  • Jeff Hill

    Considering all the things liberals say and do I would venture to guess aliens are already among us

  • seawulf

    Statistically there should be other intelligent life in the universe. But what that life looks like, how they think, what they value, what they need for life…..these are the things that need to be considered.

    • Melvin Bonzarelli

      If there are space aliens, they would probably look a lot like Al Franken.

  • intimeforthedime

    Yeah, there is Alien life, and we are the first most advanced species.
    Sorry to say, but there is not another Alien Species going to show up with Lazer guns and teleportation rays.
    We are it guys, get used to it.

  • Don E. Sr.

    I think the extreme distances between Us and Whatever is not a coincidence.

  • Informed

    The 47% that believe intelligent life exists elsewhere are doing so with with zero evidence. Many arrogantly claim it is foolish to think we are the only ones even though they have zero evidence. How can it be foolish to require at least some evidence?

  • RMCS Ret.

    I like to think there might be, but a fellow that’s a whole lot smarter than I am (Phd in Nuclear Physics, not me, him) actually did the math and it seems almost impossible. He wrote several books on the subject. Probably the best one is “The Science of God” in which he reconciles the six days of creation with the scientific age of the earth. It turns out, according to him, both are correct. I think it’s out of print, but you should be able to find it on “addall” for pretty much chump change. “The Science of God” by Gerald Schroeder. He also wrote “Science and the Big Bang” and “God according to God.” Probably others. I’ve heard he has some stuff on youtube but have never checked.

  • Bob BTW

    What is so strange is believing in the possibility of alien life?
    In comparison, how many believe in the supernatual?
    I wonder if those aliens believe in God.
    Wouldn’t that be interesting,
    and their religious framework for it?

  • oblamacantwrite

    Well, first thing they should do is get an agent so he can hook them up with Star Trek producers.

  • tired of liberals

    it is interesting that many people believe in alien life, but deny the existence of God. what is even more interesting is the suggestion that aliens are actually the remnants of the fallen angels that escaped Gods wrath during the days of Noah, and that the flood was a means to destroy all of the tainted human and animal life by the nephilm (offspring of fallen angels and human women), and the fallen angels. greek and Egyptian mythology all talk about gods, and demi gods, and mystical creatures…..the probably truth is that they were real, but instead of turning to the one true god, they resorted to the fallen angels (which the bible even refers to as gods), and their offspring. the fallen angels had heavenly knowledge which would explain the amazing architecture and technological advancements of these civilizations.

    even an atheist could agree that this explanation at least is logical, (not that they would believe it, but it at least makes sense)

    the devil’s goal is to keep people from believing in and turning to God. what better way, than to distract them from a heavenly creature like an angel(that would prove God’s existence), with an angel in the form of an alien and keep people focussed on aliens and other life?

    • Numerical Logic

      Couldn’t have been said better.

    • Greg McCroskery

      What drives me crazy about all this ‘extraterrestrial life’ nonsense, is that the amazing number of fine tuned aspects of our galaxy, solar system, and planet that allow life to exist, could not have statistically, nor logically happened by chance here, nor anywhere else in the universe — the position of our solar system in the galaxy, the size and distance of the sun from earth, the size and distance of the moon from earth, orbit and rotation of the earth and other planets, the gravitational ‘ asteroid vacuum’ effect of Jupiter, the filtering effect of the earth’s atmosphere, the effects of tidal pull, the earth’s hydrology system, and on, and on, and on.

      People can believe whatever they want, but I know there is one creator God, whose Son Jesus died for my sins, and one day every knee will bow and and every tongue proclaim Him “Lord” to the glory of God the Father.

  • JaySands1234

    I sure hope so because there is no real intelligence here.

  • Sagev Sal

    Of course there is alien life. Just look at California.

  • Larry

    If you go straight North, after 26 galaxies, 8th planet to the right of the three suns in a row is Lerus,a planet identical to earth in make up and size, that is where my Neighbors said they came from in 1904. So yea, they are out there.

  • Stephanie Breault

    Speaking strictly mathematical, with infinity as a variable, and accepting the universe as infinite, then the answer cannot be negative.

  • AshJonson

    The same half that believes in socialism , coincidentally.

  • AtomicFury

    Yoda reminds me of the Eagles owner Jeff Lurie.

    Poor Yoda…

  • tonysprout

    Travis Walton & Friends believe.

    • Stan d

      So did President Eisenhower and Kennedy to name a couple.

  • Scott Snerd

    so MANY idiots, deluded by……’god’.

    • Numerical Logic

      And so many not…

  • Section Ate

    Earthlings ain’t aline. Hell, we got 32% who support DTrump!

  • Another Deplorable

    I’d settle for signs of intelligent life here on earth, specifically Washington, D.C.

    • jlsharks1

      You took the words out of my mouth, if I might add, great comment.

    • Informed

      Many in DC are high educated and highly intelligent by most any human measure. However, we should not confuse intelligence with wisdom. It is impossible to be wise when you worship yourself or other humans, as is the overwhelmingly dominate culture in DC.

      • Another Deplorable

        I see your point. But I would also add that highly educated should not be confused with highly intelligent.

        • Sir_Tanly

          “Highly educated” can simply mean the ability to secure funding long enough to complete a prolonged course of study prior to actually having to appear to work for a living.

          • Another Deplorable

            Nicely put!

      • seawulf

        Nor confusing intelligence with morality.

      • Comanche457

        Better yet don’t confuse it with common sense.

    • kaiju

      About half of voters are Democrats too. You just can’t fix stupid.

    • Dot Milner

      Now there’s an idea ! LOL

  • Tado

    Half of earthlings believe in alien life.
    Half of earthlings do not believe in after-life.
    Dumb earthlings.

  • famouswolf

    And the point of such a survey was….????

    • Another Deplorable

      Grant money.

      • I. Forgot 2

        I believe you nailed it!

      • All American

        Hahahaha πŸ˜‚ good oneπŸ‘πŸ»

    • Ed L

      The truth

  • 101st Screaming Eagle

    Amsterdam? That pretty much says it all.

  • RedPillPlease

    “Intelligent alien civilizations” … Hahahaha! πŸ˜†

    The apostle Paul described a latter days era in which people would hire for themselves teachers, and with itching ears would believe in fables, because they would not accept the truth (2 Tim 4:3-4). If Jesus was who He said He was, then we are the only mortal beings that exist in all our universe.

    • famouswolf

      That would be a limited god and universe, I have to admit.

      • RedPillPlease

        And your brain dwarfs that of Stephen Hawking, eh? Being such a genius on the vast expanse of the universe, right?

    • Trzo9veuha

      If you’re into old testament you undoubtedly know that god has created many “Earths”…

      • RedPillPlease

        Not the Old Testament I’m familiar with buddy!

        • Bob BTW

          My Fathers House has many mansions; or something like that.

          • RedPillPlease

            You’re speaking of the New Testament in John 14. Jesus is preparing for his crucifixion and is telling his disciples he must leave to prepare a place in heaven for all believers. He also says he will return again to receive them, and of course he can only be speaking of one place, the unique planet earth.

    • Numerical Logic

      You mean, if Jesus is who he says he is… not was.

    • Patrick Murphy

      Jesus would have to die as a sacrifice for the sins of aliens, too. I don’t know how that would work out.

    • REW

      It’s amazing how there are over 1000 religions on this planet, and the only “real god” is the one you believe in because you are sooooo brilliant and everyone else is stupid. And, if you changed religion because you didn’t like your first god, that NOW you are brilliant.

  • Trzo9veuha

    Are there other intelligent beings in the universe – definitely. Are there others in our galaxy – most probably. Are there any others in close proximity to Earth – highly improbable.

    • Bamf

      Yeah, I imagine in some other galaxy there’s a bunch of people looking up into the sky thinking the same things we are.

      • Numerical Logic

        I know right. I often think that.

      • Sir_Tanly

        Or, perhaps, having been equipped with powerful radio receivers, are scratching their heads over The Bickersons and deciding we aren’t worth the effort to visit.

    • famouswolf

      Oh, I don’t know about that.
      Exo planets are being detected by the thousands now, and astronomers are thinking solar systems are the norm, not exceptional. A number of those have been detected in the ‘goldilocks’ liquid water zones of yellow dwarf stars, too, like our own sun.
      Nearest one is our closest stellar neighbor, Proxima Centauri. So we might have closer sentient aliens than you think.
      However, whatever the truth is, the one thing I am certain about is that the universe will dish out realities we have not thought of and have not even imagined.

      • Trzo9veuha

        No doubt life abounds every, but I said “intelligent beings”. I would be surprised to find a “goldylocks” planet that didn’t have life forms. But intelligent beings, that is a little more special and odds are against it. Life has been on Earth for over a billion years and yet intelligence has only been here for 100,000(?).

        • famouswolf

          More exoplanets found in the liquid water zone means greater likelihood, however, and the sheer number of systems being detected increase the odds of some bearing sentients. Thousands of discoveries, now.

          • Trzo9veuha

            But in the immense vastness of the universe it is still unlikely that intelligent beings will be our next door neighbors. And since evolution follows similar paths to achieve its ends, they will probably be a lot like us, which may not be a good thing.

          • famouswolf

            LOL I can’t disagree with that. Any of it. Never can tell with lotteries, though.
            I can’t help but wonder, when I look up at a night sky. Eyes or telescope.

          • Bob BTW

            I wonder if they they would have the same egotistical problems that humans do.

        • Bob BTW

          Do you consider dogs to be intelligent? Why not dinosaurs too?

          • Trzo9veuha

            No, they can’t alter their environment nor develop technology. That would be an indication of intelligence. Remember the people living today are no different from the people that lived in caves and huts 65,000 years ago. Just the technology changes.

          • Sir_Tanly

            The ability to live within an environment sans technology is its own intelligence.

            It’s a parallel thought to “One is as wealthy based on what one does not need as on what one possesses.”

            If dogs can get by just fine without a Mercedes-Benz as with, then the intelligent thing is to eschew the Mercedes and go chase a squirrel.

      • FromThe70s

        Promixa Centauri is a red dwarf star though. It is considered likely that Proxima B would have to be orbiting close enough to be tidally locked and thus devoid of seasons and hot-sided/cold-sided. On the other hand, if Proxima B does support life, it could be several billions of years older than us because of red dwarf lifespan.

        • famouswolf

          Yep. The universe is a strange place, and the possibitlies infinite. Personally, I’d bet there is quite a bit of sentience out there, the odds are improving the more they discover.
          But that’s just me. You might have noticed I get excited and chatter when the subject comes up.
          A survey asking people if they believe in movie type aliens has nothing to do with this, really, though. I see no point in it. A chance to talk about one of my favorite subjects (and hobby Astronomy and related) hell yes, though.

          • William Thompson

            It’s probably even possible that the stars themselves have life on them in the form of pure energy.

    • AtomicFury

      I think a species like ours is an anomaly in its existence. Why would natural selection (quite possibly a universal condition) allow a species to proliferate to the point of destroying its home environment to the extent that we have? Our days are numbered if we don’t wise up. And I say that from a scientific point of view – not as some tree-hugging environmentalist.

      I’m not saying there can’t be other intelligent species out there, but their longevity isn’t guaranteed because of their intelligence. Of the estimated 300 billion stars in our galaxy, my feeling is if there are any sentient species around any one of them, the number would be but a handful. That takes into account that like us, most species which attain a similar level of intelligence as ours are unable to meet their survival needs. In our case, we talk about colonizing the Moon or Mars, but the pace of advancement toward that goal pales in comparison to the growing problem of overpopulation and our negative impact on the biosphere.

      Even if we do get the colonization projects going, we still have to solve the problem of our own reckless arrogance.

      • Robert E. Lee

        If it’s overpopulated were you live, MOVE!

        • AtomicFury


          • Sir_Tanly

            MOST of the earth has a very low population density.


            As it works out, the most prolific and fertile piece of ground on the planet is a backyard garden nurtured organically. If manure (human) is handled properly, it will continually see INCREASES in production. (Even without manure inputs, I harvested 11 months out of the year in Detroit … no attempt was made at creating a hot-house environment. My tomatoes grew in excess of 12 ft tall and my “Mortgage Lifter” tomatoes yielded a crapton of 2-3# tomatoes up until a hard freeze. Why? because I generously applied immature compost to my soil and it gave me an early spring and late fall warm-up. (Among a host of other benefits.)

            Ergo, with considerably more land available than is needed for TWICE the current population WITHOUT recourse to future innovations, we are NOT overpopulated, but wasteful and severely under-utilized.

            Try to keep up, Mr. Scientist. Your data is wrong.

            Here’s the deal: if ALL my waste goes back into the soil that raised it, the cycle is closed and the soil will never see a reduction in fertility. If I have dinner down the street, in due course MY soil will be enhanced. Science. Simple science.

            No inorganic inputs, no GMOs and no golly-gee innovations.

          • AtomicFury

            Well, I don’t see where I quoted any specific data, so that makes it an opinion. I can then assume that you think my opinion is wrong.

            Big deal. We aren’t the first two people to disagree on something.

            But I assert that we are proliferating not only in numbers but in our urban growth. Toss in our pollutants into the land, sea and air, the effects of which lead to the reduction of or dying out of species vital the food chain – not to mention the importance of the naturally-evolved symbiosis has on the maintenance of our biosphere – and I’d say we are effectively overpopulated at the moment because the encroachment of the space we need to utilize for our growth brings with it a growth of human environment and the machinations necessary to maintain existence.

            Land space is not an infinite resource. While I’m sure we could (and should) be able to find a way to coexist with our biosphere, I see no reason to believe that we (as a species) are willing to go the extra length to accomplish that end. We are supposed to be the most intelligent species on Earth, yet we do the most to harm our own ecosystem.

            Where’s the intelligence in that?

    • Informed

      Definitely? LOL. You have no evidence, and therefore, no credibility. You have only assumption based on other assumptions. There is no science or probability logic to support claiming anything about intelligent life existing or not existing.

      • Trzo9veuha

        Probability supports their existence.

  • Localdude

    …the ‘study’ is done by a web site whose very name conflates (global with localities). It is devoted to a ‘globalist’ pov….yeh, no agenda here…looks like a pic of a George Soros relative.

  • mark abby

    I guess it depends on how one describes β€œlife”. Life could be anything from a single cell to some form of creature or being.

    We have looked hundreds of light years into space and have not really found another place like earth. Even if we did, apparently we, nor any thing else, have the ability to travel that distance.

    Sorry to say, but no visitors to earth.

    • famouswolf

      Actually, a number of exo planets that could potentially support water based life have been found. You don’t see much about it in the news, but it’s true. It’s not just gas giants being detected now. There have been several near Earth sized planets in the liquid water zone found.

  • Legion

    So in other words half of the population of the world is ignorant and stupid.

    I leave you to guess which half.

    • famouswolf

      Indeed. Which half? I might differ on that, as well as a lot of others.
      It doesn’t matter, of course, but no need to insult those with imagination and curiousity…the hallmarks of intelligence, now is there.

      • Legion

        Interesting that you would assume which half I am on.

        Seems you assumed wrong.