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Obama vs. Romney: Who Would Handle an Alien Invasion Better?

I am not sure if this was timed as part of a sendoff for our very favorite Breaking Orbit blogger, Victoria Jaggard, or for the new show Chasing UFOs airing Friday, June 29 on the National Geographic Channel , but National Geographic has just released the results of new survey that declares most Americans think...

I am not sure if this was timed as part of a sendoff for our very favorite Breaking Orbit blogger, Victoria Jaggard, or for the new show Chasing UFOs airing Friday, June 29 on the National Geographic Channel , but National Geographic has just released the results of new survey that declares most Americans think President Obama would handle an alien invasion better than Mitt Romney.

According to the results:

“President Obama and his staff might have to be on high alert for an alien attack if the predictions of many Americans come to fruition. Nearly one in five (19%) think Washington, D.C., is the most likely landing zone for a UFO. And more than one in four (28%) think one would touch down in Roswell, N.M., which is certainly best known for unidentified flying objects. Furthermore, many think officials have put a tight lid on what they actually know, as nearly four in five (79%) believe that the government has kept information about UFOs a secret from the public. Whether or not the White House is being buttoned up about UFOs, the commander in chief would need to let loose on aliens if our nation were being threatened. Nearly two-thirds (65%) of Americans think Barack Obama would be better suited than fellow presidential candidate Mitt Romney to handle an alien invasion. In fact, more than two in three (68%) women say that Obama would be more adept at dealing with an alien invasion than Romney, vs. 61 percent of men. And more younger citizens, ages 18 to 64 years, than those aged 65+ (68% vs. 50%) think Romney would not be as well-suited as Obama to handle an alien invasion.”

Obama’s negotiating tactics aside, aliens immediately make me think of our own National Geographic explorer, Kevin Hand, who recently said, “The fundamental questions we’re trying to answer are questions humanity has asked ever since we first gazed into the night sky: What is life and could it exist out there beyond Earth?” But since Hand, the deputy chief scientist for solar system exploration at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, was unavailable to comment,  I decided to call my dad, Charlie Bucci, longtime dinner table lecturer and avid reader. (See: Looking For Life: Kevin Hand Prepares to Search for Life on Jupiter’s Moon Europa)

Q: Do you think aliens exist?
DAD: “I think there are “other living things” in our universe. Since the hubble telescope’s been out there they can’t even estimate how many stars or universes are out there. There has to be some planet out there that can support life. Did you know the Russians are drilling a hole in the Arctic? (See: Russian Scientists Breach Antarctica’s Lake Vostok—Confirmed) They want to see if there are any organisms in there! We don’t know what atmosphere that life CANNOT be sustained. It seems life can be sustained anywhere. We used to think you have to have air, you have to have water, but it seems organisms can exist in any atmosphere.”

Q. If you were to encounter an alien would you run away or try to make friends? Do you have a tin foil hat?
DAD: “I would run away. I am a big chicken. What’s a tin foil hat? Can we make one this weekend?”

2. Would you send me to be experimented on by aliens? If not me, then who would you send?
DAD: “No, I wouldn’t send you, but I do know a guy I’d like to send…”

Q. So you think there is evidence of alien existence on earth?
DAD: “There are lots of weird stone formations they talk about in Turkey. Perfectly smooth stones piled up with no gaps, how’d they get that way?” (See: Top 10 Inca Ruins to See: Sacsahuaman)

Survey Also Reveals:
• One-third of Americans believe UFOs exist
• More U.S. citizens believe in aliens than in superheroes or zombies
• A large majority think aliens might possess superpowers, including time travel skills
• Nearly half of Americans would volunteer their boss to be experimented on by aliens
• And 50 percent would most want to be friends with E.T. over other fictional aliens

Learn More:
Chasing UFOs: Airing Friday, June 29th, 9PM EST
Stephen Colbert: National Geographic Poll on Alien Invasion Management

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Amy Bucci
Amy Bucci is a web producer for National Geographic. Her projects mainly cover National Geographic explorers, grantees and initiatives.