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Nearly three-fourths of Americans hold paranormal beliefs

As Halloween quickly approaches, a new survey released this October found nearly three-fourths of Americans believe in something paranormal. According from Chapman University's Survey of American Fears 2017, about 74.6 percent of people in the United States hold a paranormal belief, with the highest percentage believing that ancient, advanced civilizations, such as Atlantis, once existed at 55 percent. 55 percent believe places can be haunted by spirits 52.3 percent believe places can be haunted by spirits 35 percent believe aliens have visited Earth in our ancient past 26.2 percent believe aliens have come to Earth in modern times 25 percent believe some people can move objects with their minds 19.4 percent believe fortune tellers and psychics can foresee the future 16 percent believe Bigfoot is a real creature The survey recorded personal information about participants and the top characteristics associated with higher levels of paranormal belief. In order of magnitude of the effect, those with the highest levels of paranormal belief tend to be lower-income, report themselves as highly religious, and attend religious services infrequently. Following that, the survey found higher levels of belief in people who are female, conservative, either single or cohabitating, "other race" (not white, black or Hispanic), living in a rural area, and a West coast resident.

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