2.9 Million In US Report
UFO Abduction Symptoms

Sci-Fi Channel

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--According to a recent Roper poll commissioned by SCI FI Channel, approximately 2.9 million Americans currently report that they have experienced "symptoms" that experts associate with the UFO abduction phenomenon.
The release of this statistic comes on the heels of a historic gathering of the world's foremost investigators of this phenomenon.

SCI FI sponsored The UFO Abduction Phenomenon: A Symposium, moderated by former network news anchor Morton Dean, to shed light on the facts behind the fiction of its upcoming epic miniseries "Steven Spielberg Presents Taken," premiering December 2. Spielberg's sweeping canvas dramatizes this compelling subject through the eyes of three families over four generations.

Key abduction experts at this unprecedented symposium in New York were Budd Hopkins, author of "Missing Time," David M. Jacobs, Ph.D., author of "The Threat," and Dr. John E. Mack, author of "Passport to the Cosmos." All three leading researchers identified five key events that are strong indicators of this phenomenon. Based on these criteria, the poll reveals that about 2.9 million Americans are reporting four out of five of these symptoms. Eighteen-24 year-olds are more likely than older Americans to have experienced any of them.

These symptoms include the following: waking up paralyzed with a sense of a strange person or presence or something else in the room; feeling that you were flying through the air although you didn't know why or how; finding puzzling scars on your body with neither you nor anyone else remembering how you received them or where you got them; seeing unusual lights or balls of light in a room without knowing what was causing them, or where they came from; and experiencing a period of time of an hour or more, in which you were apparently lost, but neither you nor anyone else could remember why or where you had been.
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 is a leading provider of world class market research.
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