Americans are divided over whether or not the U.S. Government is
actually concealing evidence of UFOs and extraterrestrials, according to
a survey by Zogby's Celebrity World.
A major theme of the "X-Files," a primetime dramatic series on the
Fox Network, is that the federal government is concealing critical
information proving the existence of UFOs and alien beings. When asked
whether this was true in real life -- that the U.S. government is
actually withholding important UFO evidence -- Americans are deeply
split. According to a nationwide survey of 1,206 Americans conducted by
Zogby's Celebrity World, 41 percent agree that our government is
concealing UFO/extraterrestrial evidence, 40 percent disagree, and 19
percent are not sure.
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"The 'X-Files' question pushed two hot buttons at once: the
existence of UFO's and the mistrust of the government," says John Zogby,
president of Zogby International. "In general, young, less-educated, and
low-to-moderate income individuals -- those with the least stake in the
status quo -- tend to agree most strongly with the 'X-Files'
perspective." The only income with the clear majority trusting the
government on this issue are those who make $75,000 or more per year
"There's an astounding array of attitudes among ethnic groups,"
Zogby adds. Fully 51.9 percent of Hispanics believe in government UFO
cover-up, compared to 27.4 percent of Jews and only 10.2 percent of
Asians/Pacific Islanders. People living in the Midwest (43.9 percent)
and South (42.1 percent), regions where anti-government feeling
typically run higher, are somewhat more likely to believe the government
is covering up UFO evidence than those living in the West (39.3
percent). "This runs counter to California's reputation for UFO cults
and New Age spirituality," adds Zogby. In the East, seat of the federal
government, only 37.3 percent see an 'X-Files'-type conspiracy.
Political independents, who tend to identify less strongly with the
political system than registered party members do, were likelier to
suspect a UFO cover-up (44 percent) than either Democrats (38.4 percent)
or Republicans (36.7 percent).