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31% Believe in Ghosts

Sunday, October 30, 2011

It's that time of year again for visits to haunted houses and tales of ghastly ghouls.  How about this for a story?  More Americans than ever say they believe in ghosts.
 A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that now nearly one-in-three American Adults (31%) believe in spectral phenomena. Sixty-two percent (62%) do not, but seven percent (7%) aren't sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
 The number of Americans who believe in ghosts is up from 27% last year and 23% found two years ago at this time.

Younger adults are more likely to believe in ghosts than their elders, but the level of belief is fairly consistent across nearly all demographic categories.

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This national survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on October 25-26, 2011 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.


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