Survey of Britons

2nd Feb 1998
Daily Mail

Survey of Britons

TABLE 1 Which of these do you believe in – whether or not you’ve had direct experience of them? All figures in percentages.

 

 

Men

 

Women

 

TOTAL

 

18-34

 

35-54

 

55+

 

ABC1

 

C2DE

Some people have powers that cannot be explained by science

 

64

 

65

 

64

 

68

 

68

 

55

 

66

 

63

The paranormal. Things that science cannot explain

 

61

 

66

 

63

 

69

 

67

 

51

 

65

 

62

God

 

55

 

71

 

63

 

55

 

66

 

70

 

64

 

63

That a person’s spirit lives on after death

 

42

 

61

 

52

 

54

 

56

 

44

 

51

 

53

Thought-reading

 

39

 

54

 

47

 

41

 

50

 

51

 

46

 

48

People can cure illnesses with the power of the mind

 

41

 

40

 

40

 

35

 

43

 

44

 

44

 

37

Dreams can predict the future

 

38

 

41

 

40

 

49

 

42

 

25

 

36

 

44

Ghosts

 

34

 

42

 

38

 

49

 

40

 

21

 

34

 

42

Some people can communicate with the dead

 

25

 

47

 

36

 

41

 

41

 

24

 

33

 

40

Objects can be moved by the power of the mind

 

29

 

38

 

34

 

36

 

37

 

27

 

33

 

35

Fortune telling

 

24

 

43

 

34

 

39

 

36

 

25

 

29

 

38

Some people can cure illness by the power of God

 

26

 

32

 

29

 

19

 

32

 

39

 

30

 

28

Life exists on other planets

 

54

 

45

 

49

 

53

 

52

 

41

 

50

 

48

Extra-terrestrial life has already visited Earth

 

33

 

24

 

29

 

33

 

33

 

18

 

26

 

32

If extra-terrestrial life visits us, it will be friendly

 

23

 

17

 

20

 

19

 

22

 

19

 

18

 

22

If extra-terrestrial life visits us, it will be hostile

 

10

 

7

 

8

 

11

 

8

 

6

 

6

 

10

Heaven

 

41

 

57

 

49

 

48

 

52

 

49

 

44

 

55

Hell

 

26

 

29

 

28

 

28

 

31

 

24

 

27

 

29

Angels

 

22

 

31

 

26

 

26

 

27

 

26

 

23

 

29

The Devil

 

24

 

24

 

24

 

24

 

27

 

20

 

23

 

25

Saints

 

23

 

25

 

24

 

18

 

27

 

27

 

23

 

25

Re-incarnation (coming back to life as another person)

 

21

 

29

 

25

 

28

 

27

 

18

 

22

 

28

TABLE 2 Which of these have you direct experience of? All figures in percentages

 

Men

Women

TOTAL

18-34

35-54

55+

ABC1

C2DE

People who have powers that cannot be explained by science

16

15

16

15

16

16

16

15

Paranormal phenomena – things that science cannot explain

12

14

13

13

13

13

14

12

God

13

15

14

10

16

19

15

14

People whose spirits live on after they die

8

15

11

13

11

11

11

12

Thought-reading

10

17

14

11

13

19

13

15

People who can cure illness by the power of their mind

10

11

11

9

11

12

12

9

Dreams that have predicted the future

17

21

19

26

19

10

18

20

Ghosts

11

14

13

18

11

8

9

16

People who can communicate with the dead

5

12

9

11

8

6

8

9

Objects which have been moved by the power of the mind

4

5

4

5

4

5

5

4

Fortune telling

9

19

14

16

16

10

14

14

People who can cure illness by the power of God

7

9

8

4

8

13

9

7

Life exists on other planets

5

1

3

2

3

3

2

3

Extra-terrestrial life which has already visited us here on Earth

3

1

2

2

2

2

1

2

Friendly extra-terrestrial life

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

Hostile extra-terrestrial life

1

1

1

1

Heaven

2

2

2

2

2

3

2

3

Hell

2

2

2

1

3

4

2

2

Angels

2

3

3

2

2

4

3

2

The Devil

4

3

4

4

4

3

3

4

Saints

3

2

2

1

2

4

2

2

A total of 1,092 interviews were conducted face to face between 5th Jan 1998 and 9th Jan 1998 by ICM

 

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