A recent poll showed that many Americans still believe aliens crashed in Roswell in 1947.
Few events in the UFO field are as hotly debated as the Roswell incident, an event that has been covered in countless books, documentaries, TV shows and movies over the past few decades.
Exactly what was found strewn about a ranch some 20 miles north of Roswell in 1947 remains a matter of controversy, with some believing it to be a crashed alien spacecraft, others subscribing to the official “weather balloon” story and still others believing it was some sort of secret government project that went wrong and had to be covered up.
Even though it’s been almost 75 years now, there are a surprising number of people in America who still believe that something extraterrestrial crashed that day.
According to a recent poll by Fairleigh Dickinson University, 34% of Americans (all political persuasions) think it was the crash of an alien spacecraft, while 12% are less certain, but think this “very likely” possibility.
28%, on the other hand, thought such an explanation was “very unlikely”.
“Roswell is now part of our national folklore,” said poll director Dan Cassino.
“It’s not a fringe belief: if you ask your friends and neighbors, you’ll find people who think it’s true.”