Ever seen a ghost? I haven’t, but I believe they exist. And I’m not alone.
About 34 percent of Americans believe in ghosts, according to an AP-IPSOS poll conducted in 2007 (http://tinyurl.com/85n5ybn). A smaller number, 23 percent, say they have actually seen a ghost or been in the presence of one.
Those numbers don’t surprise me. I’ve been known to watch a ghost-hunting TV show or two, and a few friends have even experienced ghosts. The paranormal definitely intrigues me, and that’s the main reason I write about it. I also love mythology, folklore, and anything a tad offbeat, a little out of the ordinary.
The poll also found that:
48% believe in ESP
34% believe in UFOs
14% say they have seen a UFO
19% believe in spells or witchcraft
Belief in the supernatural is worldwide. For instance, in the United Kingdom, 43 percent believe they have been contacted by the dead or contacted the dead themselves, according to a 2005 poll conducted by the Sun (http://tinyurl.com/6gtcone). In addition:
30% of men and 38% of women in the UK believe in ghosts
36% of English people and 44% of Scots believe in ancient rituals and omens
15% of the under-34s say they believe in magic (compared with 9% average)
Have you ever seen a ghost or a UFO? Do you believe in magic? Telepathy? Precognition? Feel free to share your paranormal experiences in the comments section.