The people of New Mexico have spoken. In a recent poll conducted by Public Policy Polling, of Raleigh, N.C., 61 percent of New Mexicans do not believe the 1947 Roswell Incident actually happened, while just 21 percent think the city was in fact paid a visit by extraterrestrial life. The remaining 18 percent are still unsure what to think about the incident.
PPP surveyed 724 New Mexico voters between July 13-16 and asked a variety of questions. In addition to the great alien debate, voters were asked about their feelings toward the performance of state senators and even the city of Roswell itself. Forty-six percent of those polled said they had a favorable opinion of Roswell, while 20 percent had an unfavorable opinion and 34 percent were unsure. Roswell had the lowest percentage of favorable votes behind Albuquerque, Las Cruces and Santa Fe.
PPP’s Assistant to the Director Dustin Ingalls, said the company picks the nation’s brain regularly to find out what voters think about some of the most prominent and populated cities across America. He also said the idea to include the Roswell Incident in the batch of questions was suggested by a reader of PPP’s blog.
“As far as the alien landing in Roswell, I believe that was a suggestion by our blog commenters,” he said. “We usually crowd source our poll questions for our public polls and we ask people that read our blog and who actually pay attention to the things we put out, what they’d like us to ask and that was a suggestion on our blog.”
As political campaigns continue to heat up on every level, Ingalls said questions about sports, pop culture and random happenings such as the Roswell Incident, are a great way to take voters’ minds off the serious subjects even for just a minute.
“We’ve polled New Mexico every few months, but we haven’t asked about Roswell or any of the other cities,” he said. “With these, a lot of times we throw in some sort oddball things to get a little bit more attention and to lighten things up when we’re talking about tense political battles between candidates.”