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Is the Government Hiding Facts On UFOs & Extraterrestrial Life?; New Roper Poll Reveals that More Than Two-Thirds of Americans Think So.

Business Editors and Government/Aviation Writers

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 15, 2002

With last week's detection of a miniplanet in our own solar system, can the discovery of extraterrestrial life be far behind?

A national opinion poll released today found that 72% of Americans believe the government is not telling the public everything it knows about UFO activity and 68% think the government knows more about extraterrestrial life than it is letting on.

Americans are not only suspending their disbelief at the movies, but they are also suspending it in the real world. Sponsored by SCI FI Channel, the poll revealed that men consistently more than women think such information should be shared with the public. Also, the younger you are the stronger your belief that the government is withholding information about UFOs and extraterrestrial life. According to the poll, 80% of 18-24 year olds, 75% of 25-34 year olds, and 73% of 35-49 year olds say that the government is hiding information about UFOs.

"There is a reason why six of the top 10 grossing motion pictures probe the topic of science fiction," said Bonnie Hammer, SCI FI Channel's President. "People are curious, intrigued by the possibility of other life forms, and want to know more. At that point the entertainment stops and reality steps in." Hammer is currently developing Steven Spielberg's 20-hour epic science fiction miniseries TAKEN. Scheduled to premiere in December on SCI FI Channel, TAKEN is a sweeping drama that weaves together the lives of three families over four generations and their crucial roles in the history of the UFO phenomenon and government conspiracy.

Americans' overall trust in the government is also an issue. The poll revealed that while just over half (53%) of Americans say that their level of trust in the government has remained stable over the past five years, nearly a third (29%) say that they trust the government less than they did five years ago.

Most Americans say that the government does not share enough information with the public in general (55%) and that by and large when national security is not at risk, the U.S. government should not withhold information about UFO sightings (60%) and potential encounters with extraterrestrial life (58%).

This study was conducted by RoperASW among a representative sample of 1,021 adults ages 18 and over. The telephone interviews were conducted from August 23rd through August 25th, 2002. The margin of error for the total sample is +/- 3%.

RoperASW, with offices in the U.S., Europe and Asia, is a leading provider of world class market research. RoperASW is part of NOP World, one of the world's largest market research companies.

SCI FI Channel transmits fantastic images to 79 million human homes. Launched in 1992, SCI FI features a continuous stream of cinematic hits, new and original series, and special events, as well as classic sci-fi, fantasy, and horror programming. Check out SCIFI.COM(R), the SCI FI Channel's award-winning Web site, at www.scifi.com. SCI FI Channel is a program service of Universal Television (www.universalstudios.com), a division of Vivendi UNIVERSAL Entertainment (VUE), the U.S.-based film, television and recreation entity of Vivendi Universal, a global media and communications company.
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