National Geographic recently conducted a survey commissioned its series, “Chasing UFOs,” which debuts on Friday, and the results are remarkable. For instance, 89 million Americans believe that UFOs exist (I count myself as someone who doesn’t rule out the possibility), while one in 10 say they have actually spotted one.
However, the poll results get particularly amusing when pop-culture is introduced into the questions.
About 79% of those surveyed think the government has kept information about UFOs a secret from the public, and 55% believe there are real-life Men in Black-style agents who threaten people who spot UFOs.
How would they handle alien contact?
22% would try to befriend the alien, 15% would run away, 13% would lock their doors, and only 2% would try to inflict bodily harm.
Okaaaay. But here’s my favorite:
If angry aliens did attack Earth, 21% would call the Hulk in to deal with it, 12% would call Batman, and 8% would call Spider-Man.
Clearly a lot of the respondents had recently seen The Avengers, and honestly, I can’t argue with that. Amusingly, a whopping 65 percent of respondents also claim that President Obama would be better equipped to deal with an alien invasion than Mitt Romney.
(Source: USA Today)