The Gallup Poll has recently updated its audit of American?s beliefs in a variety of occult phenomena. The results suggest a significant increase in belief in a number of these experiences over the last decade, particulary in haunted houses and ghosts. Only devil possession has shown a drop in belief since 1990. Half or more of Americans believe in psychic or spiritual healing and ESP and a third or more believe in extraterrestrial visitations.

Here are some of the results of that poll. The replies are listed in percentages according to ?Believe/ Not Sure/ Don?t Believe.?

That extraterrestrial beings have visited earth at some time in the past33/27/38

Psychic or spiritual healing or the power of the human mind to heal the body54/19/26

ESP or extrasensory perception50/20/27

That houses can be haunted42/16/41

Ghosts or that spirits of dead people can come back in certain places and situations38/17/44

Telepathy, or communication between minds without using the traditional five senses36/26/35

Clairvoyance, or the power of the mind to know the past and predict the future32/23/45

That people can hear from or communicate mentally with someone who has died28/26/46

Astrology, or that the position of the stars and planets can affect people?s lives28/18/52

Reincarnation, that is, the rebirth of the soul in a new body after death25/20/54

Channeling, or allowing a ?spirit-being? to temporarily assume control of a human body during a trance15/21/62


That people on this earth are sometimes possessed by the devil41/16/41

Since the last poll in 1990, there has been an increase in belief of more than 5 percentage points in extraterrestrials, haunted houses, ghosts, witches, communication with the dead, psychic healing and clairvoyance.

While the Gallup poll questioned people about their ?beliefs,? at Dreamland, we see the questions more in terms of evidence. Every week on our radio show, and daily in our news stories, we present credible evidence that such things as UFOs, near-death experiences and remote viewing exist. Respected medical doctors have written books about psychic healing. There is no need to ?believe? in witches, since we know they exist (and we will be interviewing a Wiccan who is also a cop on Dreamland this Saturday). Our recent interview with Hans Holzer convinced us that ghosts exist, and we will be talking to a woman who investigated the ghosts in her own haunted house in July. We?ve heard from hundreds of thousands of people who have personally had UFO experiences. We have no need to cling to beliefs, when evidence is all around us.

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