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New Roper Poll/Sci Fi Channel Press Release

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates@virtuallystrange.net>
Date: Thu, 17 Oct 2002 07:56:15 -0400
Fwd Date: Thu, 17 Oct 2002 07:56:15 -0400
Subject: New Roper Poll/Sci Fi Channel Press Release 

http://www.businesswire.com/cgi-bin/f_headline.cgi?bw.101502/222882608

BW2608  OCT 15,2002   10:34 PACIFIC  13:34 EASTERN

(BW)(NY-SCI-FI-CHANNEL/UFO)

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

Entertainment Editors and Consumer/Lifestyle 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.

--30--rc/ny*

CONTACT: SCI FI Channel
  Trade
  Kat Stein, 212/413-5890
  kstein@usacable.net
  or
  Consumer
  Jean Guerin, 212/413-5159
  jguerin@usacable.net

KEYWORD: NEW YORK
INDUSTRY KEYWORD: CABLE CONSUMER/HOUSEHOLD ENTERTAINMENT
TELEVISION/RADIO
SOURCE: SCI FI Channel

=A92002


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