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People express a "surprising degree" of credence in psychic and supernatural phenomena, according to a random, nationwide telephone poll of 1,236 U.S. adults conducted last June. Although these beliefs often conflict with traditional religious views, they emerge among deeply religious folk almost as often as among the nonreligious, report George H. Gallup Jr. and Frank Newport of the Gallup Organization in Princeton, N.J.

The poll results, published in the winter 1991 SKEPTICAL INQUIRER, include the following: One in four people believe in ghosts, one in six cite communications with someone deceased, one in four say they have communicated "telepathically" with another person, one in 10 claim to have seen or been in the presence of a ghost, one in seven say they have seen a UFO, one in four believe in astrology and about half believe in extrasensory perception.
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Title Annotation:poll indicates popular belief in psychic and supernatural phenomena
Publication:Science News
Date:Mar 9, 1991
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