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Nearly half of humans believe in alien life and want to make contact.
This is according to a survey in 24 countries which found we would welcome ET, despite warnings it could wipe out humanity.
Researchers - Results - Popularity - 'Star - Wars
Researchers say the results help to explain the lasting popularity of the 'Star Wars' franchise 40 years after the first movie was screened.
But making contact could be dangerous for humanity. Physicist Professor Stephen Hawking has previously warned if aliens discovered us, it could 'end life on Earth'.
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Researchers published findings that 47 percent of more than 26,000 respondents believe 'in the existence of intelligent alien civilizations in the universe'.
An even greater 61 per cent said 'yes' when asked if they believe in 'some form of life on other planets', researchers at Amsterdam-based research program Glocalities found.
Quarter - Life - Earth
Roughly a quarter said they do not believe intelligent life exists beyond Earth, they found.
This is not the first survey to collect views on extraterrestrial beings - questionnaires in Germany, Britain and the United States have found similar rates - but researchers said this was the largest poll of its kind with such global reach.
Score - Belief - Existence - Civilisations - Profile
'The high score on the belief in the existence of intelligent alien civilisations and the distinct profile of these people partly explains the immense popularity of space movies such as Star Wars,' said research director Martijn Lampert.
'People who believe in the existence of intelligent alien civilisations are not a marginal minority,' he said.
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The most believers in intelligent alien life were in Russia, at 68 per cent, trailed closely by Mexico and China, with the down-to-earth Dutch bottoming out the list at 28 per cent, the poll found.
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