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Poll: Half of Americans believe people can be possessed by the Devil or spirits
YouGov ^ | Sept 17, 2013 | Katie Jagel

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% Don’t know . . .15%

Do you believe someone can be possessed by the devil or some other evil spirit? Yes . . 51% No . . .28% Don’t 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 don’t believe in the power of exorcism . . .19% Don’t know . . . 36%


TOPICS: Religion; Society; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: exorcism; possession; religion
The demographics of the results are interesting: On the question of whether or not people are ever possessed by the Devil or spirits, blacks and hispanics are considerably more likely to believe in it than whites, 67%/62% vs 47%. Age (and, surprisingly, political party) makes very little difference.

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.

1 posted on 09/18/2013 2:14:55 PM PDT by Kip Russell
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To: Kip Russell

Not only do I believe that people can be possessed by the Devil or evil demons, I think I may actually know a few.


2 posted on 09/18/2013 2:17:30 PM PDT by rdcbn
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To: Kip Russell
Exhibit "A"...

3 posted on 09/18/2013 2:17:52 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Kip Russell
That makes 17% of Americans who seem to be contradicting themselves.

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."

4 posted on 09/18/2013 2:19:25 PM PDT by HerrBlucher (Praise to the Lord the Almighty the King of Creation)
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To: BenLurkin
Exhibit "A"..

I'm normally quite skeptical of anything involving the supernatural, but I must admit...that's a convincing argument! :-)

5 posted on 09/18/2013 2:19:39 PM PDT by Kip Russell (Be wary of strong drink. It can make you shoot at tax collectors -- and miss. ---Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: Kip Russell

And the other half are wrong.


6 posted on 09/18/2013 2:20:11 PM PDT by DungeonMaster (Allister Crowley would feel so at home in America today. "World's most average gay")
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To: Kip Russell

I believe that Bammy, H0lder, Pelosi and Reid are possessed.


7 posted on 09/18/2013 2:21:20 PM PDT by Paladin2 (h)
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To: Kip Russell

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.


8 posted on 09/18/2013 2:21:20 PM PDT by WilliamRobert (Ted Cruz is my senator)
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To: Kip Russell

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.

CYA...


9 posted on 09/18/2013 2:21:59 PM PDT by Paisan
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To: rdcbn

Most of Congress is.


10 posted on 09/18/2013 2:22:34 PM PDT by bmwcyle (People who do not study history are destine to believe really ignorant statements.)
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To: BenLurkin

The photo speaks for itself.


11 posted on 09/18/2013 2:22:52 PM PDT by WilliamRobert (Ted Cruz is my senator)
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To: Kip Russell; WilliamRobert; Paisan

Luke 10:18, in the original Hebrew, states it nicely...


12 posted on 09/18/2013 2:23:26 PM PDT by Old Sarge (Opinions are like orgasms: only mine count, and I couldn't care less if you have one...)
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To: Paisan

You sound sober


13 posted on 09/18/2013 2:23:51 PM PDT by WilliamRobert (Ted Cruz is my senator)
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To: HerrBlucher
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.",

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")

14 posted on 09/18/2013 2:24:18 PM PDT by Kip Russell (Be wary of strong drink. It can make you shoot at tax collectors -- and miss. ---Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: Kip Russell

15 posted on 09/18/2013 2:26:50 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Kip Russell

16 posted on 09/18/2013 2:26:50 PM PDT by JoeProBono (Mille vocibus imago valet;-{)
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To: Old Sarge

Question; lighting makes a crack when it strikes the ground. Do you think Satan crack or thuded when he hit?


17 posted on 09/18/2013 2:27:01 PM PDT by WilliamRobert (Ted Cruz is my senator)
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To: HerrBlucher
Herr Blucher?

Familiar to...


18 posted on 09/18/2013 2:27:02 PM PDT by Old Sarge (Opinions are like orgasms: only mine count, and I couldn't care less if you have one...)
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To: BenLurkin
Exhibit B


19 posted on 09/18/2013 2:27:47 PM PDT by bgill (This reply was mined before it was posted.)
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To: WilliamRobert

It was a soft landing. Chris Matthews and Katie Couric broke his fall...


20 posted on 09/18/2013 2:28:19 PM PDT by Old Sarge (Opinions are like orgasms: only mine count, and I couldn't care less if you have one...)
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To: Old Sarge

ROTFLOL good bet he got a good tinkle from that. Im on the got to go.


21 posted on 09/18/2013 2:30:46 PM PDT by WilliamRobert (Ted Cruz is my senator)
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To: DungeonMaster
And the other half are wrong.

No, the other half are "possessed". :-)

22 posted on 09/18/2013 2:31:19 PM PDT by justlurking (tagline removed, as demanded by Admin Moderator)
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To: Paladin2

. . . 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%.


23 posted on 09/18/2013 2:31:23 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Old Sarge

She and eyegore are my favorite characters in that oh so funny movie.


24 posted on 09/18/2013 2:33:56 PM PDT by HerrBlucher (Praise to the Lord the Almighty the King of Creation)
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To: Kip Russell
Half of Americans ARE possessed by the Devil or spirits.

That's why they vote for DEMONRATS.

25 posted on 09/18/2013 2:34:15 PM PDT by meadsjn
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To: justlurking
LOL.

word

26 posted on 09/18/2013 2:37:34 PM PDT by DungeonMaster (Allister Crowley would feel so at home in America today. "World's most average gay")
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To: Old Sarge

I believe Luke was originally in Greek and was written by a Gentile widely also thought to have written Acts.


27 posted on 09/18/2013 2:38:30 PM PDT by onedoug
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To: DungeonMaster
And the other half are wrong.

The other half are what Malachi Martin referred to as the "perfectly possessed".

28 posted on 09/18/2013 2:38:31 PM PDT by Sirius Lee (All that is required for evil to advance is for government to do "something")
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To: JoeProBono

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N8x8xqZzD8w

“I’ve seen the Exorcist 167 times and it keeps getting funnier every single time I see it!


29 posted on 09/18/2013 2:44:04 PM PDT by Kip Russell (Be wary of strong drink. It can make you shoot at tax collectors -- and miss. ---Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: Kip Russell

Very informative book.

30 posted on 09/18/2013 2:52:41 PM PDT by Slyfox (Satan's goal is to rub out the image of God he sees in the face of every human.)
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To: Kip Russell

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.


31 posted on 09/18/2013 3:00:57 PM PDT by Seeing More Clearly Now
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To: onedoug

While that might be true, the Hebrew translation is revealing, is it not?


32 posted on 09/18/2013 3:02:41 PM PDT by Old Sarge (Opinions are like orgasms: only mine count, and I couldn't care less if you have one...)
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To: rdcbn

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.


33 posted on 09/18/2013 3:03:18 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Old Sarge

Ed Shultz too. Maybe Howard Dean. Those guys are truly nutterbutters.


34 posted on 09/18/2013 3:05:06 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: zot; Interesting Times

H’mmm, no mention if they believe in bottled spirits.


35 posted on 09/18/2013 3:09:08 PM PDT by GreyFriar (Spearhead - 3rd Armored Division 75-78 & 83-87)
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To: Kip Russell

Rat Party activists prove it beyond all doubt.


36 posted on 09/18/2013 3:09:27 PM PDT by attiladhun2 (The Free World has a new leader--his name is Benjamin Netanyahu)
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To: Kip Russell

Why do they need a poll on this?

The Demoncrats rejected God three times at their convention:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eUJE9YfsbNQ

Pretty much proves the proposition in itself.


37 posted on 09/18/2013 3:55:44 PM PDT by kaehurowing
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To: Kip Russell

Pretty well documented during the life of Christ.

No reason to believe it doesn’t continue to this day.


38 posted on 09/18/2013 4:10:01 PM PDT by G Larry (Let his days be few; and let another take his office. Psalms 109:8)
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To: Paisan

Amen!


39 posted on 09/18/2013 4:22:05 PM PDT by BraveMan
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To: Secret Agent Man

“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....


40 posted on 09/18/2013 4:49:17 PM PDT by selfdefense
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To: Kip Russell
More of interest from Revealing Statistics >
41 posted on 09/18/2013 7:05:38 PM PDT by daniel1212 (Come to the Lord Jesus as a contrite damned+destitute sinner, trust Him to save you, then live 4 Him)
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To: Kip Russell

Who do people think was talking to Alexis through the walls and floors and ceilings?


42 posted on 09/18/2013 7:08:17 PM PDT by rabidralph
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