Jul 05, 2021 I Paul Seaburn

Most Americans Believe in Aliens While Most Brits Already Have a Plan to Deal With Them

Do you believe in intelligent extraterrestrial life? Your answer may reveal whether you are American or British, according to two new polls taken in the U.S. and the U.K. coinciding with the release of the Pentagon UAP report and the celebration of World UFO Day. Write down your answer and let’s see if you need to move.

“As an unprecedented U.S. intelligence report brings new attention to the phenomenon of unidentified flying objects, about two-thirds of Americans (65%) say their best guess is that intelligent life exists on other planets.”

A Pew Research Center survey conducted just before the release of Pentagon mini-report revealed that two-thirds of Americans believe in intelligent ETs, and 51% say the UFOs reported by military personnel are evidence of intelligent life outside Earth. While that report and comments both before and after its release by government officials emphasize the concern that these UFOs are a security issue and possible national threat, the Pew survey found that half of Americans (51%) think they’re no threat at all while a third (36%) consider them just a minor threat. However, the ETs in the UFOs are not necessarily the candy-sharing kind – 74% say they’re neither friendly nor hostile while only 17% think they’re friendly. Not surprisingly, people who followed the release of the report (12%) were more inclined to believe in intelligent ET life (80%) and that the military-reported UFOs are evidence of such life (65%). Does this sound like you?

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We're ready for you.

Moving on to the U.K. …

According to a new poll of 2,000 U.K. adults commissioned by Beavertown Beer and conducted by OnePoll in honor of World UFO Day on July 2, 60% believe it’s only a matter of time before Earth becomes the target of an alien invasion, but 80% say they have a plan on how to deal with these ET invaders. Part of the plan seems to involve extending a hand to shake or a fist to bump – 63% say they’d welcome an alien spaceship if they saw one land nearby. While they didn’t get specific on how they greeted them, 5% claimed they’ve already had an ET encounter. The best part of the Beavertown Beer poll is the British plans for an alien invasion. The list includes:

• Rely on experts to sort it out
• Panic!
• Run to the supermarket for essentials
• Barricade all doors and windows
• Turn off all the lights at home and hope the aliens think they’re not in
• Put the kettle on
• Stock up on toilet paper
• Fashion a weapon using household objects

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Which one of you has a kettle on?

Put the kettle on? Sounds like a good idea, especially to an ET who has just traveled light years drinking instant beverages and longs for a nice hot cuppa. Do you agree? Then you’re probably British. An American would make coffee and most likely already own a weapon.

Paul Seaburn

Paul Seaburn is the editor at Mysterious Universe and its most prolific writer. He’s written for TV shows such as "The Tonight Show", "Politically Incorrect" and an award-winning children’s program. He's been published in “The New York Times" and "Huffington Post” and has co-authored numerous collections of trivia, puzzles and humor. His “What in the World!” podcast is a fun look at the latest weird and paranormal news, strange sports stories and odd trivia. Paul likes to add a bit of humor to each MU post he crafts. After all, the mysterious doesn't always have to be serious.

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