I've been interested in the UFO topic and countless others since childhood,1960's. (Footnote:The UFO topic and related issues are interesting but not my sole study.)
And one thing I've been able to achieve is a great understanding of how people react to the UFO topic. And the big question has always been..
"What is it?"
And most people fall into four general categories being....and I stress general.
1. Serious believers (I communicate with my space brothers every other Tuesday)
2. Average believers(this would be your XX% of avg American's believe in...),
3. Skeptics (I wish there another word for skeptic,to easily confused with debunker)
4. Debunkers (don't show me any data my mind is made up).
I on the other hand am a...
A true observer collect's and absorbs all data on a subject without injecting any belief system. Its all about pure data. No opinions are formed. The topic is your canvas.
A true observer never argues a point or position cause he has none. He only collects data. Hence he can be a boring conversationalist by just nodding occasionally in recognition of an opinion.
I would be real interested in knowing how others approach learning. Are you a believer,skeptic or debunker. Or who takes my approach as an Observer or a variation of it?