Specialists of the All-Russian Public Opinion Foundation (FOM) conducted a survey to find out the attitude of Russians to the possibility of the existence of extraterrestrial civilizations.
According to the results of the study, more than half of Russians do not believe in the existence of extraterrestrial civilizations (53 per cent versus 39 per cent). Most often, people of 31-45 years old, people with secondary education and below, as well as residents of cities up to 250 thousand people, do not believe in this.
It is noted that among those who believe in the existence of extraterrestrial civilizations, 18 per cent believe that aliens have visited and contacted people, 9 per cent believe that there were no such contacts and 6 per cent claim that there were no visits. Of those who believe in such contacts, 9 per cent think that aliens brought benefits to people, and 2 per cent believe that they were harmful. In addition, 18 per cent of respondents who believe in the existence of alien civilizations also believe that in the next 50 years people will be able to contact them (this figure has decreased, 23 per cent in 2013).
Those Russians who believe in the existence of extraterrestrial civilizations and expect that they can show themselves to earthlings and come into contact with people, believe that such civilizations will benefit people because they are more developed and new knowledge can be obtained from them. Also, experts found out that a third of respondents who believe in the existence of alien civilizations (33 per cent) believe that the country’s leadership has secret information about them.