April 08, 2010 09:56 ET

One in Five (20%) Global Citizens Believe That Alien Beings Have Com

India (45%) And China (42%) Most Likely To Believe Aliens Are In Our Midst

Attention: Lifestyle Editor, News Editor, Science Editor, Tech/Telecomm Editor, World News Editor NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - April 8, 2010) - New York, NY- A new Reuters News poll conducted by Ipsos and released today indicates that one in five (20%) of presumably human adults surveyed in 22 countries (representing 75% of the worlds GDP) say they believe that alien beings have come down to earth and walk amongst us in our communities disguised as "us".

In the alternate, the survey of over 23,000 adults-1000+ respondents per country -- shows that 80% indicate they don't believe that disguised aliens walk within our midst.

Those countries with citizens most likely to believe that the disguised visitors are walk and close by are from India (45%) and China (42%). Those countries where inhabitants are least likely to believe that aliens are walking about disguised as humans are from Belgium (8%), Sweden (8%) and the Netherlands (8%).

The following list of findings begins with the countries where citizens are most likely to agree that "alien beings have come to earth and walk amongst us in our communities disguised as us" and ascends to those countries where citizens are least likely to agree with the proposition:

India - 45% agree/55% disagree

China - 42% agree/50% disagree

Japan - 29% agree/71% disagree

South Korea - 27% agree/73% disagree

Italy - 25% agree/75% disagree

United States - 24% agree/76% disagree

Brazil - 24% agree/76% disagree

Australia - 23% agree/77% disagree

Russia - 21% agree/79% disagree

Spain - 21% agree/79% disagree

Poland - 19% agree/81% disagree

Czech Republic - 18% agree/82% disagree

Great Britain - 16% agree/84% disagree

Canada - 16% agree/84% disagree

Hungary - 14% agree/86% disagree

Argentina - 13% agree/87% disagree

Germany - 11% agree/89% disagree

Mexico - 10% agree/90% disagree

France - 9% agree/91% disagree

Sweden - 8% agree/92% disagree

Belgium - 8% agree/92% disagree

Netherlands - 8% agree/92% disagree

Those who believe that "alien beings have come to earth and walk amongst us in our communities disguised as us" (20%) are more likely to be men (22%) compared to women (17%), under the age of 35 (25%) compared to those aged 35-54 (16%) and those over the age of 55 (11%) and those more likely to be higher educated (22%) compared to those who are lower or middle educated (19%). There is virtually no difference in terms of income level (lower 22%, higher 20% or middle 19%) and marital status (married 19% versus other 21%).

Those who do not believe that "alien beings have come to earth and walk amongst us in our communities disguised as us" (80%) are more likely to be women (83%) compared to men (78%), those over the age of 55 (89%) compared with those aged 35-54 (84%) and those under the age of 35 (75%), and those who are least educated (low and middle at 81% both) compared with those who are highest educated at 78%. There is virtually no difference in terms of income level (middle 81%, high 80% and low 78%) and marital status (married 81% versus other 79%).

These are the findings of an Ipsos poll conducted between November 4th, 2009 and January 13th, 2010, on behalf of Thompson Reuters News Service. For this survey an international sample of 24,077 adults aged 18-64 were interviewed in a total of 22 countries representing 75% of the world's GDP. The countries included Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Poland, Russia, and South Korea, Spain, Sweden, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Great Britain and the United States. Approximately 1000+ individuals participated on a country by country basis via the Ipsos online panel. Weighting was then employed to balance demographics and ensure that the sample's composition reflects that of the adult population according to the most recent country Census data and to provide results intended to approximate the sample universe. A survey with an unweighted probability sample of this size and a 100% response rate would have an estimated margin of error of +/-3.1 percentage points 19 times out of 20 per country of what the results would have been had the entire population of adults in that country had been polled. All sample surveys and polls may be subject to other sources of error, including, but not limited to coverage error, and measurement error. G@6O3_4

For more information on this news release, please contact:

John Wright
Senior Vice President
Ipsos Public Affairs
(416) 324-2002

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Contact Information

  • John Wright, Senior Vice President, Ipsos Reid Public Affairs
    Primary Phone: 416-324-2002
    E-mail: john.wright@ipsos.com