Skip to comments.Poll: Half of Americans believe people can be possessed by the Devil or spirits
Posted on 09/18/2013 2:14:55 PM PDT by Kip Russell
These are the topline results of a YouGov survey of 1000 US adults interviewed September 12 - 13, 2013 on exorcism and possession. The results show that half of Americans believe in possession although most say it happens infrequently. The margin of error is 3%.
(Click here to see full tables and demographic crossbreaks)
Do you personally believe in the existence of the Devil or not? Yes . . . 57% No . . . 28% Dont know . . .15%
Do you believe someone can be possessed by the devil or some other evil spirit? Yes . . 51% No . . .28% Dont know . . 20%
How often do you think people are possessed by the devil? Very Frequently . . . 6% Frequently . . .9% Occasionally . . 29% Rarely . . . 45% Never . . .11%
Some churches have a ceremony called exorcism, which is designed to drive the Devil or evil spirits out of a person. Do you believe in the power of exorcism or not?
Yes, I believe in the power of exorcism . . . 46% No, I dont believe in the power of exorcism . . .19% Dont know . . . 36%
Religion does make a great deal of difference in the level of belief (not exactly a shock) with the highest levels of belief in possession among Christians (59% to 72%, depending on denomination or lack thereof) and Muslims (49%). Only 26% of those who described there religion as "none" believe in possession, but they're not the most skeptical group...that would be Jews, with only 11% believing in it.
One odd result is that while 28% of Americans, when asked whether they believe in the Devil, answer "No", 89% of them believe that people are at least occasionally possessed by the Devil. That makes 17% of Americans who seem to be contradicting themselves.
Not only do I believe that people can be possessed by the Devil or evil demons, I think I may actually know a few.
Not necessarily, those that say there is not a devil, but believe that people can be possessed by a spirit are likely referring to human spirits. After all, mediums are said to be "possessed" by a spirit when they are "channeling."
I'm normally quite skeptical of anything involving the supernatural, but I must admit...that's a convincing argument! :-)
And the other half are wrong.
I believe that Bammy, H0lder, Pelosi and Reid are possessed.
Possession explains Big Ears Barry and the Deamoncrats and possibly most of the Repuglickins in Congress. I think it works for Simon from Idol also.
I have always believed in possession all jokes aside.
Right now, I am possessed by spirits. The Johnny Walker kind. Otherwise, Why would I be posting??
In any case, being a True Believer, I am convinced that this country is nearly completely in the throes of Demonic Possession.
Look to your Savior. Protect your family. Prepare for every contingency.
Most of Congress is.
The photo speaks for itself.
Luke 10:18, in the original Hebrew, states it nicely...
You sound sober
While there almost certainly are people with just those beliefs, the questions in the poll were:
Do you personally believe in the existence of the Devil or not? No: 28%
Do you believe someone can be possessed by the devil or some other evil spirit? No: 28%
How often do you think people are possessed by the devil? Never: 11% (leaving 89% to answer at least "rarely")
Question; lighting makes a crack when it strikes the ground. Do you think Satan crack or thuded when he hit?
It was a soft landing. Chris Matthews and Katie Couric broke his fall...
ROTFLOL good bet he got a good tinkle from that. Im on the got to go.
No, the other half are "possessed". :-)
. . . plus a good share of the idiots who voted for them. When combined with the half of Americans who believe people can be possessed by the Devil or spirits, that adds up to nearly 100%.
She and eyegore are my favorite characters in that oh so funny movie.
That's why they vote for DEMONRATS.
I believe Luke was originally in Greek and was written by a Gentile widely also thought to have written Acts.
The other half are what Malachi Martin referred to as the "perfectly possessed".
I’ve seen the Exorcist 167 times and it keeps getting funnier every single time I see it!
Very informative book.
God had blessed America because it was a shining star on the hill of mankind. Marxists, anarchists, and Islamists separately and sometimes together (as in the current era) take what it good and pure and knowingly and purposely destroy it. Those three groups are actual evil in masquerade.
While that might be true, the Hebrew translation is revealing, is it not?
saved persons cannot be possessed by a demon. They have Jesus Christ AND the Holy Spirit in them, plus God gives them a new spirit that fights against their old sin nature. There is no way a demon can possess them and make them do anything.
UNSAVED people can be possessed by demons. They have no such protection of the Living God living inside them.
Ed Shultz too. Maybe Howard Dean. Those guys are truly nutterbutters.
H’mmm, no mention if they believe in bottled spirits.
Rat Party activists prove it beyond all doubt.
Why do they need a poll on this?
The Demoncrats rejected God three times at their convention:
Pretty much proves the proposition in itself.
Pretty well documented during the life of Christ.
No reason to believe it doesn’t continue to this day.
“Saved persons cannot be possessed by a demon...... They have Jesus Christ AND the Holy Spirit in them, plus God gives them a new spirit that fights against their old sin nature..... There is no way a demon can possess them and make them do anything...UNSAVED people can be possessed by demons.... They have no such protection of the Living God living inside them...
Well said...Although I think a Born-Again person can be influenced by demons though I agree not possessed....Have a family member who is a practicing witch and I know from experience possession is real...Had to completely cut them out of our life....Very evil and disturbed....Let go and let God was my only recourse....
<According to the Pew Forum survey, (http://pewforum.org/newassets/images/reports/multiplefaiths/multiplefaiths.pdf), which was conducted Aug. 11-27-09 among 4,013 adults:
24% of the public overall and 22% of Christians say they believe in reincarnation -- that people will be reborn in this world again and again. 25% of the public overall, and 23% of Christians [so-called] indicated they believe in astrology.^
Nearly 30% of Americans reported that they have felt in touch with someone who had died, (33% of women versus 26% of men). Almost 20% say they have seen or been in the presence of ghosts, while 15% have consulted a fortuneteller or a psychic.^
65% of American adults expressed belief in or reported of having experience with at least one of8 different manifestations of occultic supernatural phenomena: 1. reincarnation; 2. spiritual energy located in physical things; 3. yoga as spiritual practice; 4. the "evil eye;" 5. astrology; 6; having been in touch with the dead; 7. having consulting a psychic; 8. having experiencing a ghostly encounter. This includes 23% of the general population who reported having only one of these beliefs or experiences, while 43% of the people surveyed answered two or more of these items affirmatively.^
36 percent of Democrats said they have been in touch with someone who is dead, versus 21 percent of Republicans. 11 percent of Republicans reported they have seen a ghost, versus 21 percent of Democrats. 9 percent of Republicans said they have consulted a fortuneteller, versus 22 percent of Democrats. 17 percent of Republicans say they believe in reincarnation, versus 30 percent of Democrats. 14 percent of Republicans reported they believe in astrology, versus 31 percent of Democrats. 15 percent of Republicans said they saw yoga as a spiritual practice, versus 31 percent of Democrats. 17 percent of Republicans reported they believe in spiritual energy, versus 30 percent of Democrats.^
Liberals vs. Conservatives
94 percent of political conservatives, and 94 percent of Americans who regularly attend religious worship services believe there is such a thing as sin, versus only 77 percent of political liberals and 80 percent among those who do not attend services. Ellison Research, March 11, 2008
Only 19 percent of political conservatives were likely to be unchurched versus 47 percent political liberals. http://pewforum.org/newassets/images/reports/multiplefaiths/multiplefaiths.pdf
59% of Americans polled said religion is very important in their lives (75% in 1952). By categories: 52% of men, 66% of women, Whites 66%, Blacks 82%, Hispanics 66%. 68% percent of self-identified conservatives, 56% of moderates, and 49 percent of liberals said religion was very important to them. Gallup survey 1999.Copyright ©2004 The Gallup Organization; http://www.mfc.org/contents/article.asp?id=139 See also Steve Crabtree, Black Churches: Has Their Role Changed? Gallup Tuesday Briefing; Religion & Values, May 14, 2002
Political conservatives were almost three times as likely as political liberals to identify God as their most important relationship (33% vs. 12%, respectively). Barna, 2008 http://www.barna.org/barna-update/article/13-culture/44-americans-identify-their-most-important-relationships
In 2009, 57% of Americans opposed homosexual marriage [which is contrary to the word of God, and seldom monogamous], versus 40% in favor of doing so. (75% self-identified liberals versus 19% of conservatives; and 59% of 18-29 year olds, versus 32% of those 65 years and older) May 7-10 2009 USA Today/Gallup poll; http://www.gallup.com/poll/118378/Majority-Americans-Continue-Oppose-Gay-Marriage.aspx
Beliefs reincarnation, yoga, the existence of spiritual energy in physical things and astrology are more common among Democrats and independents than Republicans, and are more widely held by liberals and moderates than conservatives, especially as concerns belief in yoga as a spiritual practice, with 39% of liberals expressing this belief, in contrast to only 15% of conservatives. Conservatives and Republicans also report fewer experiences than liberals or Democrats communicating with the dead, seeing ghosts and consulting fortunetellers or psychics. http://pewforum.org/newassets/images/reports/multiplefaiths/multiplefaiths.pdf
Some 71 percent of [those classified as] conservatives say you have an obligation to care for a seriously injured spouse or parent versus less than half (46 percent) of liberals. Peter Schweizer, Makers and Takers, Doubleday, June 3, 2008. http://www.ncpa.org/sub/dpd/index.php?Article_ID=16895
Liberals are two times more likely to say it is okay to cheat the government out of welfare money you dont deserve. Peter Schweizer, Makers and Takers, Doubleday, June 3, 2008. http://www.ncpa.org/sub/dpd/index.php?Article_ID=16895
Liberals are approx. twice as likely than conservatives to have received treatment for a mental health problem at some point in their lives. Based on data from GSS 1972-2008 Cumulative Datafile http://sda.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/hsda?harcsda+gss08; http://anepigone.blogspot.com/2011/11/conservatives-are-mentally-healthier.html
53% of Democrats have a positive image of socialism, compared to 17% of Republicans. 61% of liberals say their image of socialism is positive, compared to 39% of moderates and 20% of conservatives. http://www.gallup.com/poll/125645/socialism-viewed-positively-americans.aspx February 4, 2010
53% of homosexuals are registered Democrats while only 18% are registered Republicans. Spiritual Profile of Homosexual Adults http://www.barna.org/barna-update/article/13-culture/282-spiritual-profile-of-homosexual-adults-provides-surprising-insights
Some 71 percent of [those classified as] conservatives say you have an obligation to care for a seriously injured spouse or parent versus less than half (46 percent) of liberals. Peter Schweizer, "Makers and Takers," Doubleday, June 3, 2008. http://www.ncpa.org/sub/dpd/index.php?Article_ID=16895
Liberals are two times more likely to say it is okay to cheat the government out of welfare money you don't deserve. Peter Schweizer, "Makers and Takers," Doubleday, June 3, 2008. http://www.ncpa.org/sub/dpd/index.php?Article_ID=16895
58 percent of Republicans rated their mental health as excellent, versus 43 percent of political independents and just 38 percent of Democrats. http://archive.frontpagemag.com/readArticle.aspx?ARTID=30722
61% of Americans have a positive image of capitalism, and of 95% of small business, versus 36% seeing socialism positively, while 33% have a negative image of capitalism, and 58% of socialism. 53% of Democrats have a positive image of socialism, compared to 17% of Republicans. 61% of liberals say their image of socialism is positive, compared to 39% of moderates and 20% of conservatives. http://www.gallup.com/poll/125645/socialism-viewed-positively-americans.aspx February 4, 2010
The population of Massachusetts ranks as the most liberal, with Boston and Cambridge being the most liberal large cities (100,000 or more), followed by California. http://www.epodunk.com/top10/liberal/index.html
Jan. 2013: Only 39% of Americans rate the current status of the U.S. at the positive end of a zero to 10 scale, lower than at any time since 1979. Only 15% of Republicans had a positive expectation of condition of the U.S. in 5 years, versus 75% of Democrats. http://www.gallup.com/poll/160046/americans-downbeat-state-prospects-future.aspx
Those who identify themselves as being conservative on social and political matters lower divorce rates (28%) than those liberal on social and political matters (37%). http://www.barna.org/family-kids-articles/42-new-marriage-and-divorce-statistics-released
30% of Roman Catholic priests described themselves as Liberal, 28% as Conservative, and 37% as Moderate in their Religious ideology. Los Angeles Times (extensive) nationwide survey (2002). Arthur Jones, 2002 National Catholic Reporter. Gale Group. http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1141/is_2_39/ai_94129129/pg_2
A poll of conservative and progressive religious activists showed 48 percent of conservatives activists believe the Bible to be the literal word of God, versus only 3 percent of progressives, otherwise known as liberals. This contrast was also seen in other issues, with 95 percent of conservatives opposing legalization of abortion, and 82 percent opposing both same-sex marriage and civil unions, while 80 percent of liberals support some form of legal abortions (54 percent in most cases), with 59 percent support same-sex marriage. The study also found that Evangelical Protestants composed 54 percent of conservatives, Roman Catholics 35 percent, and mainline Protestants 9 percent, while liberal activists were made up of 44 percent mainline Protestants, 17 percent Roman Catholics, 10 percent Evangelical Protestants, and interfaith bodies and groups (12 percent). 2009 Religious Activist Surveys conducted by the Bliss Institute of Applied Politics at the University of Akron in partnership with Public Religion Research. http://www.christianpost.com/article/20090916/u-s-religious-activists-have-widely-divergent-views/index.html
A (disputed) study showed that 50% of American college faculty identified themselves as Democrats and only 11% as Republicans (with 33% being Independent, and 5% identifying themselves with another party). 72% described themselves as to the left of center, including 18% who were strongly left. Only 15% described themselves as right of center, including only 3% who were strongly right. North American Academic Study Survey (NAASS) of students, faculty and administrators at colleges and universities in the United States and Canada 1999. The Berkeley Electronic Press http://montages.blogspot.com/2005/04/conservatives-underrepresented-in.html http://www.bepress.com/forum/vol3/iss1/art2 http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/17963/liberal_bias_in_our_schools.html
Extensive surveys by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, conducted in 2006 and 2007 of 14,000 college freshmen and seniors at fifty colleges nationwide, indicated that college education results in little advance in knowledge of American history and institutions, which is already poor among non-college graduates, but an often significant increase in favoring liberal ideology was seen over those who were not college graduates. In addition, those with the highest degrees were the most liberal. Intercollegiate Studies Institute, The Shaping of the American Mind. http://www.americancivicliteracy.org/2010/major_findings_finding1.html
Analysis of Federal Election Commission data regarding the 2010 midterm elections showed that college professors and administrators donated heavily and overwhelmingly is support of Democrats over Republicans. This included 77 percent of total donations from employees of Harvard university and 86 percent of all donations from employees of University of Californias network of colleges going to Democrats, with pro abortion Sen. Barbara Boxer being the top recipient of academic donations, while no donations from Princeton went to a Republican. Analysis of Federal Election Commission conducted by the Center for Responsive Politics, reported by Capitol News Company, 9/22/10
Of 100 colleges and universities graded on their general education requirements by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA), 42 institutions received a D or F for requiring two or fewer core subjects, while 25 of them received an F for requiring one or no subjects. Only 5 institutions received an A for requiring six general education subjects. Average tuition and fees at the 11 schools that require no subjects was $37,700; average tuition at the five schools that require six subjects is $5,400. Walter E. Williams , professor of economics at George Mason University. http://townhall.com/columnists/WalterEWilliams/2009/08/26/what_will_they_learn http://whatwilltheylearn.com/criteria
In a 1996 poll of 1,037 reporters at 61 newspapers, 61 percent identified themselves as Democrats, 15 percent as Republicans. The respondents also identified themselves as liberals 4 times more frequently than as conservatives. American Society of Newspaper editors 1996 survey of 1,037 reporters at 61 newspapers of all sizes nationwide. http://archive.frontpagemag.com/readArticle.aspx?ARTID=32928
In a 2001 Kaiser Family Foundation poll, media professionals were nearly 7 times likelier to call themselves Democrats rather than Republicans, with the ratio of self-identified liberals to conservatives being 4.2 to 1. Kaiser Family Foundation 1996 poll of 301 media professionals, 300 policymakers, and 1,206 members of the general public.
In a 2007 Pew Research Center study of journalists and news executives, the ratio was 4 liberals for each conservative. Pew Research Centers 2007 survey of 222 journalists and news executives at national outlets.
All told, White House correspondents during the late 80s and early 90s voted for Democrats at 7 times the rate at which they voted for Republicans. U.S. News & World Report writer Kenneth Walshs 1995 study of 28 White House correspondents. 1996 Freedom Forum survey of 139 Washington bureau chiefs and congressional correspondents.
On the subject of welfare and related issues, liberal experts were quoted in the news 75 percent of the time, conservatives 22 percent. On consumer issues, the liberal-conservative ratio was 63 percent to 22 percent. On environmental issues, the ratio was 79 percent to 18 percent. And regarding nuclear energy, the ratio was 77 percent to 20 percent. Robert Lichter, Stanley Rothman, and Linda Lichter, The Media Elite: Americas New Power Brokers (New York: Hastings House, 1990).
In 2011, 38% of voters believed that when most reporters write or talk about Pres. Obama, they are trying to help him pass his agenda (down from 48% a year ago). 26% feel that most reporters are politically biased, 46% think the average reporter is more liberal than they are, while 26% say they are merely interested in reporting the news in an unbiased manner. http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/current_events/media/61_are_still_angry_at_the_media Back
Who do people think was talking to Alexis through the walls and floors and ceilings?
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