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Asians believe in existence of ET: Star Movies poll

HONG KONG: Are there any life-forms in outer space? A poll released by Star Movies reveals that nine out of 10 people in Asia believe aliens exist and approximately half of the people surveyed believe in alien abduction. 

However, more Asian females are likely to be suspicious of aliens? intentions than Asian males, the poll also shows. The survey was conducted as part of the pre-launch campaign for Steven Spielberg Presents Taken, an exclusive 10-episode movie event premiering this July on Star Movies. The survey was done in Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and South East Asia. The survey was conducted among more than 83,000 adults aged 18 and over via e-mails between 15 and 27 April 2003.

The main findings from the poll are:

* People who believe there is life elsewhere in the universe - China 95 per cent, Hong Kong 94 per cent, Taiwan 98 per cent, Singapore 89 per cent.

* People who think they can recognise aliens - China 32 per cent, Hong Kong 32 per cent, Taiwan 49 per cent, Singapore 40 per cent.

* People who think crop circles are made by aliens as was shown in the Mel Gibson film Signs were China 42 per cent, Hong Kong 52 per cent, Taiwan 78 per cent, Singapore 64 per cent.

In addition two out of three people surveyed think aliens would be friendly. Nearly 68 per cent of Hong Kong people say they would not be able to recognise an alien, compared with the Asian norm of 56 per cent. More Asians than Americans think that crop circles are made by aliens (47 per cent vs 36 per cent) and that aliens have abducted humans (51 per cent vs 41 per cent).

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