The public’s fascination with otherworldly life has been a focus in movies, TV shows and books for centuries, injecting extraterrestrials with a human touch and entertaining the possibility of alien attacks. Could these depictions actually be art imitating life? A survey we conducted for the National Geographic Channel finds more than 80 million Americans are certain UFO’s exist. In fact, many believe in tangible proof that aliens have touched down on Earth, but think that officials are hiding this information from the public.
USA Today reported that when coming into contact with one, 22 percent of respondents would try to befriend the alien, 15 percent would run away, 13 percent would lock their doors, and only 2 percent would try to inflict bodily harm.