The fascination and debate around alien existence is not new, as evidenced by reports of 10-foot tall ‘aliens’ in Brazil, the debunked ‘extraterrestrial’ corpses in Peru or the Kentucky tourist board sending messages to space to invite aliens to visit.
However, not everyone is convinced.
More than four in ten (41%) of those surveyed disagree with the idea that we may be sharing our planet with beings from another world, while 22% are unsure.
The survey was conducted by Talker Research for Wealth of Geeks.com, a website for sci-fi fans and enthusiasts.
When asked who they think might be an alien in disguise, 39% pointed to their current boss as a possible candidate, while a third named a certain celebrity as a potential non-human.
More than half of the respondents (53%) said they believe in the existence of aliens, while 34% said they do not.
Men are slightly more likely than women to hold this belief, according to the results (56% vs. 49%).
Michael Dinich, founder of WealthofGeeks.com, said: “The results show that many Americans are open-minded about the possibility of extraterrestrial life.
“And it seems that some people have doubts about whether their boss is really from this planet or not.
“No matter what people believe about aliens, it’s great to see that many people enjoy the wonder of what could be, whether that’s by embracing extraterrestrial life or a love of all things sci-fi.”
If aliens were to officially contact us, 43% of the respondents said they trust our current world leaders to represent Earth.
But if Earth needed new heroes, 42% said they think they could negotiate peace if personally contacted by an alien race.