At least since the 1960s, mankind has been searching for signs of extraterrestrial life. Scientists have been scanning the universe for radio signals that might be evidence of life on other planets. They even have tried to send out radio messages in an effort of reaching out to aliens. Radio messages transmissions started in 1974.
But does it make any sense for humans to try establishing contact with alien life? A new YouGov poll shows that many Americans doubt it.
Though half of the Americans being surveyed believe on the existence of intelligent life somewhere else in the universe, only thirty-seven percent think it is a good idea to try contacting intelligent aliens. Only nineteen percent believe there’s no other intelligent life aside from humans and thirty-one percent say they’re not certain. Forty-six percent believe it would be possible for mankind to contact intelligent extraterrestrials.
Meanwhile, twenty-seven percent think it is not a good idea and thirty-six percent are not sure whether it is bad or good idea to contact intelligent aliens.
Among the Americans who believe that attempting to contact intelligent alien life is a bad idea, eight percent said it would be a waste of time to search for intelligent alien life because it does not exist at all. Another eight percent said that it might be dangerous because unfriendly aliens might be alerted to human presence.
Five percent said that the effort is only a waste of money even if it will succeed, and two percent said that it would be very difficult because mankind doesn’t have the necessary technology. Another two percent said it would be not a good idea for some other reasons.