An estimated 33.1 million people in the UK believe that life exists on other planets, while only 27.5 million – less than half the country – say they believe there is a God.
Latest survey result show that 52 per cent of the population believe evidence of UFOs has or would be covered up, because the fact of their existence would threaten the stability of the government.
One in 10 people claim to have seen a UFO, with almost a quarter more men claiming to have done so than women.
The survey of 1,359 UK adults was commissioned by the makers of a new videogame which tasks you with saving the world from an enemy invasion.
“Just 20 years ago, religion was a huge part of life in the UK, and this shows just how much attitudes have changed,” said Nick Pope, formerly of the Ministry of Defence UFO Project.
“Belief in the alien phenomenon is now more widespread than ever, with many wondering how we and our governments would react to the news that aliens existed.”
Interestingly, more men believe in life on other planets than women, with the same trend evident when considering if there is a God out there.
If aliens did reveal themselves, over a third of the population would be more curious than anything else, with the second most prevalent emotion being fear. That said, one in five would be immediately sceptical.
Furthermore, 20 per cent of the country believes UFOs have landed, while more than five million people believe the Moon landings were faked.
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