June 27, 2022
Halloween statistics: 40% of Republicans believe in ghosts
The pollsters have not overlooked Halloween. New research reveals that 41% of U.S. adults believe that ghosts exist — and that includes 40% of both Republicans and Democrats. Another 43% overall also believe demons exist; 51% of Republicans and 34% of Democrats agree. The source is a YouGov poll of 1,000 U.S. adults conducted Oct.…
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The pollsters have not overlooked Halloween. New research reveals that 41% of U.S. adults believe that ghosts exist — and that includes 40% of both Republicans and Democrats. Another 43% overall also believe demons exist; 51% of Republicans and 34% of Democrats agree.

The source is a YouGov poll of 1,000 U.S. adults conducted Oct. 8-12.

“While 41% of Americans believe that ghosts exist, about half as many (20%) say they have personally encountered a ghost. Women (25%) are more likely than men (16%) to say they have had at least one personal experience with a ghost,” the pollster said in an analysis.

“Fewer Americans (11%) say that they’ve personally encountered a demon, and hardly any say they’ve crossed paths with a werewolf (4%) or a vampire (3%). About one in nine (11%) have encountered supernatural beings of a different type,” the analysis said.

The popularity of haunted homes for commercial purposes has also increased. The Dallas-based Haunted Attraction Association says this about the business:

“The Haunted Attraction Association is the voice for the haunted attraction business. Our mission is to promote the worldwide network of haunted attractions, including Haunted Houses and Haunted Hayrides as well as Scream Parks and Mega-Haunts. The group released a statement saying that their goal was to protect customers by education and networking with our members.

Halloween is also a billion-dollar occasion. Americans are expected to drop an unprecedented $10.1 billion on the celebration according to the National Retail Federation, which advises that 65% of the population are expected to join in festivities. On average consumers spend $102. 74 on costumes, candy, decorations and greeting cards — $10 more than they planned to spend last year.

The survey of 8,061 U.S. adults was conducted September 1-8.

In the meantime, a Morning Consult survey of 2 ,200 U.S adults conducted Oct. 1- 5, revealed that M&M’s were the most popular Halloween candy among Americans. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups followed by KitKat, Hershey Bars, Hershey Bars, and Snickers to complete the top-five.

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