Here’s a question you can ask yourself: do you still believe in ghosts? If you answered no, you’d be in the majority, but just barely. Almost half of U.S. adults, 47%, say they do still believe in the soul or spirit of a dead person or animal that haunts our living world according to a poll from The Economist and YouGov. Moreover, 15% of Americans say they’ve even seen one. While this may sound shocking, there were a few factors that indicated strongly whether or not someone was more or less likely to believe in the otherworldly beings.
The Somewhat Obvious
One was education. The less formal education you have, the more likely you are to believe in ghosts. Another was age, unsurprisingly. It goes without saying that the younger you are, the more vivid your imagination is, and the more likely you are to believe in things like Casper.
The Not So Obvious
Native Americans, Middle Eastern, and Mixed Race people are more inclined to believe in ghosts than other racial subsets of society. The Economist also noted, that “Roman Catholics, perhaps because of their veneration of saints, are more likely to believe in ghosts than Protestants. And the more you pray, the more likely you are to believe in the undead.”
For no particular reason, 53% of women believe in ghosts compared with 40% for men.