One in three Britons say they’ve seen a UFO – and believe extraterrestrials exist

A THIRD of Britons claim to have sighted a UFO – 58 per cent of them even report their sighting to the police.

A study of 2,000 adults found that 37 percent thought they saw something “out of the ordinary,” although 35 percent put it down to an optical illusion.

One in three Britons claims to have sighted a UFO in their lifetime


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While 45 percent believe UFOs and aliens have been around as long as they can remember, 23 percent describe themselves as “true believers” in extraterrestrial life.

And a third admits he’d like to believe there are extraterrestrials out there – although he’s not always fully convinced by the myth or theory.

The research was commissioned by Beavertown Brewery to celebrate World UFO Day (Saturday, July 2nd).

A spokesman for the craft brewery said: “You often hear the stories out there that people have rightly sighted aliens or UFOs in cities across the country.

“We’ve always wondered how many Brits believe in aliens, so it was really interesting to look at the research on this World UFO Day and find out how people think about extraterrestrial life. “

Documentaries (36 percent), reading online materials (24 percent), and friends and family (22 percent) are where people typically learn about aliens or other unusual sightings.

More than four in ten (43 percent) are alien enthusiasts because they’d like to think there’s more than what we know, while 21 percent say it’s what they always believed.

A third are actively looking for unusual sightings and 33 percent have even made up their own story about these inexplicable things.

When asked about their own city, 26 per cent say the place they live is a “hot spot” for unusual sightings – with Londoners being the most confident, followed by those living in the North East.

Three in ten speak openly and unashamedly about UFOs and unusual sightings, while 40 percent prefer to keep their theories to themselves.

Television documentaries (27 percent), non-fiction books (20 percent), and university newspapers (20 percent) are the top sources most likely to make people believe UFOs are real.

Still, 48 percent agree they don’t trust anything that they can’t find an obvious answer for.

Lack of evidence (42 percent), thinking people are making it up (31 percent), and being designed to scare people (24 percent) are the top reasons for not always believing in something that isn’t explained can.

However, 41 percent say UFOs and aliens are interesting to learn about, even if they don’t always believe they’re real.

Conducted via OnePoll, the study also found that 61 percent admit there are certain events in history, like the first man landing on the moon, that baffle them and have yet to understand.

The Bermuda Triangle (23 percent) and the Illuminati (17 percent) are among the other theories or myths that are readily accepted as true.

And 26 percent believe Area 51 is being secretly used to study UFOs and aliens.

The Beavertown spokesman added: “There are many strange things happening in the sky and people should feel encouraged to share their stories, especially on days like World UFO Day.

“There are more believers out there than we realize and we want to celebrate them over a pint.”

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