Paranormal Politics (without the politics)…

In a year where there is a political electricity surging everywhere you turn, I couldn’t hold back from this post. Just statistics is all…

“Republicans are significantly less interested in the paranormal than Democrats and Independents. The typical Republican believes in fewer than two of the paranormal subjects we asked about on our survey (ghosts, fortune-telling, Atlantis/ancient, advanced civilizations, telekinesis, psychic powers, astrology, UFOs, haunted houses, and monsters). Democrats and Independents believe in two of these subjects, on average. A similar relationship holds for paranormal experiences. Republicans are the least likely to have a paranormal experience, and self-described Independents are the most likely.” (Statistics from the Baylor Religion Survey, 2005)

Source: Bader, C., Mencken, F, & Baker, J. (2010). Paranormal America: Ghost Encounters, UFO Sightings, Bigfoot Hunts, and Other Curiosities in Religion and Culture. New York & London: New York University Press.

About Patrick Keller

Patrick Keller is an educator, blogger, and the host of the Big Séance Podcast, which is a place for paranerds to have an open discussion on all things paranormal, but specifically topics like ghosts and hauntings, paranormal research, spirit communication, psychics and mediums, and life after death. He’s the founder of the now inactive Missouri Spirit Seekers and has spent a lot of time experimenting with spirit communication tools and techniques, such as EVP. Patrick also has a passion for spending hours at a time in cemeteries and loves cemetery photography. Visit BigSeance.com! View all posts by Patrick Keller

5 responses to “Paranormal Politics (without the politics)…

  • Ash

    That’s a telling portrayal of how people think. It actually correlates exactly how I’d expect it to.

  • Maria Laing

    I agree with Ash. I would have expected the same. Asking myself why I would expect that outcome, I come to my belief that Democrats and Independents may be more open to expanding their base of information, rather than defending set beliefs.

  • Ash

    I also think politics are pretty similar to religion – you are whatever you’re parents taught you to be. Some people eventually start thinking for themselves, others don’t.

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