Over 40 per cent of Romanians believe that aliens exist and that they have already contacted humankind although this fact is kept secret, an opinion poll conducted by Discovery Channel and quoted by ‘Romania Libera’ shows. Romanian men in particular consider that humans would gain from relations with aliens. Youngsters however are more sceptical when it comes to the existence of other intelligent beings in the Universe.
To mark the launch of ‘Curiosity,’ a documentary series about humankind’s great questions, Discovery Channel conducted an opinion poll in five South-East European states in order to find out people’s opinions on eternal life, the origins of the Universe, the existence of aliens and human nature. The results confirm once again the fact that the questions that stand at the basis of humankind continue to kindle people’s interest even though their opinions are diverse.
According to the opinion poll, South-East Europeans are divided in two large categories when it comes to their opinion on the way in which the Universe came to be. 40 per cent of them consider that the world we live in was created by the Big Bang, while 36 per cent believe that the Universe was created by divinity. Compared to other Balkan states, in Romania a much higher percentage of people believe the second theory.
In what concerns the existence of intelligent life forms on other planets, or the way in which the world will end, the South-East Europeans’ opinions are similar. Most of them agree that aliens exist and they have already contacted us and that the end of the world will come through a natural disaster or the depletion of natural resources.
The opinion poll also shows that only 25 per cent of Romanians believe that the Apocalypse, as described in religious texts, will usher in the end of the world, although almost half the population believes God created the Universe.
Over 50 per cent of respondents believe that robots are extremely useful in modern technology, while approximately 20 per cent believe they have a negative impact on the lives of humans, considering them responsible for the rise in unemployment. In Romania a significant percentage of those that believe robots have a negative impact on the lives of humans are members of the 18-24 age group.
The opinion poll was conducted by Daedalus Millward Brown market research company on August-September 2011, on samples that are representative at national level and that consist of urban residents in Romania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Serbia and Slovenia.