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New study: More Democrats than Republicans believe in ghosts, talking with the dead, fortunetellers
Washington Examiner ^ | 12/13/09 | Byron York

Posted on 12/13/2009 3:39:35 PM PST by RogerFGay

A new study by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life reveals some startling differences between Republicans and Democrats on issues of spirituality and supernatural phenomenon.

The study, "Many Americans Mix Multiple Faiths," reports that a significant number of Americans practice a mixture of religious beliefs, and "many also blend Christianity with Eastern or New Age beliefs such as reincarnation, astrology and the presence of spiritual energy in physical objects." The report is not specifically about partisan differences, but the results of the study are broken down by party affiliation, among many other categories. And the news on that front is that Democrats are far more likely to believe in supernatural phenomenon than Republicans.

"Conservatives and Republicans report fewer experiences than liberals or Democrats communicating with the dead, seeing ghosts and consulting fortunetellers or psychics," the Pew study says. For example, 21 percent of Republicans report that they have been in touch with someone who is dead, while 36 percent of Democrats say they have done so. Eleven percent of Republicans say they have seen a ghost, while 21 percent of Democrats say so. And nine percent of Republicans say they have consulted a fortuneteller, while 22 percent of Democrats have.

There's more. Seventeen percent of Republicans say they believe in reincarnation, while 30 percent of Democrats do. Fourteen percent of Republicans say they believe in astrology, while 31 percent of Democrats do. Fifteen percent of Republicans say they view yoga as a spiritual practice, while 31 percent of Democrats do. Seventeen percent of Republicans say they believe in spiritual energy, while 30 percent of Democrats do.

There are some areas in which the two partisan groups are similar. When Pew asked respondents whether they have had a religious or mystical experience, 50 percent of Republicans said yes, as did 50 percent of Democrats. But overall, there are sizable disparities.

What accounts for them? Pew doesn't say. But the report does note that there are gender, ethnic, and racial differences in the totals. "Having been in touch with a dead person is more common among women than men," the report says. "Women are also twice as likely to have consulted a fortuneteller or psychic. Blacks report more experience feeling in touch with the dead than whites or Hispanics. But they resemble whites and Hispanics on other items, such as encounters with a ghost or consulting a fortuneteller." Some of those gender, ethnic and racial differences might come into play in the partisan totals. But in the end, the Pew report offers no solid answers for why there are such differences between Republicans and Democrats.



TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: byronyork; callingartbell; dopeydems; newage; pagans; paranormal; surprisesurprise

1 posted on 12/13/2009 3:39:35 PM PST by RogerFGay
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To: RogerFGay

Republican Paranormal Investigator Ping...and yes most of not all in the paranormal community are Libs


2 posted on 12/13/2009 3:41:46 PM PST by pburgh01
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To: RogerFGay

That figures the Dems have a higher KOOK factor. :)


3 posted on 12/13/2009 3:42:13 PM PST by ColdSteelTalon (Light is fading to shadow, and casting its shroud over all we have known...)
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To: RogerFGay
The democrats sound like an unGodly bunch.
4 posted on 12/13/2009 3:42:21 PM PST by mountainlion (concerned conservative.)
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To: pburgh01

Certainly explains how more of them “believe in” global warming and such.


5 posted on 12/13/2009 3:42:42 PM PST by RogerFGay
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To: RogerFGay

As I always have said... evilcrats!

LLS


6 posted on 12/13/2009 3:45:19 PM PST by LibLieSlayer (hussama will never be my president... NEVER!)
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To: pburgh01
Yes; many Libs; but not all. Remember 'Nancy'! So, yes; am a 'believer'/lol. . .albeit not without a scepticism where needed.

Meantime, I NEVER bought into the most dangerous of belief systems i.e. the 'Change' we can believe in'. . .

8 posted on 12/13/2009 3:48:36 PM PST by cricket
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To: RogerFGay

Why wouldn’t the Democrats believe in ghosts? They (the dead) are their biggest voting bloc! /s


9 posted on 12/13/2009 3:50:02 PM PST by GWMcClintock ("When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do?" Ps.11:3)
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To: RogerFGay

And many of the Dems believe, like Van Jones, that the US Government knew about 9/11 before it happened.


10 posted on 12/13/2009 3:52:49 PM PST by Titus-Maximus (Light from Light)
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To: cricket

Well my paranormal group we have about 20 people ranging from a dentist, an attorney, an electrical engineer, a few nurses, small business owners and some blue collar professions thrown in. We about 50/50 between conservative and really don’t know what they are politically. Interesting, expensive and exhausting hobby, all of us got interested due to a personal paranormal experience.


11 posted on 12/13/2009 3:54:26 PM PST by pburgh01
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To: RogerFGay

***”..Conservatives and Republicans report fewer experiences than liberals or Democrats communicating with the dead, seeing ghosts and consulting fortunetellers or psychics,”***

How many conservatives and Republicans do you find in a sweat lodge?

None. They are sweating out the Obama admin.


12 posted on 12/13/2009 3:54:37 PM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Are my guns loaded? Break in and find out.)
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To: RogerFGay
This is not surprising to me. Liberals have far lower church attendance than Conservatives. Human beings are by nature “spiritual,” so liberals are drawn to the occult. They exchange traditional Christianity for alternative religions. What they are looking for is a supernatural power or knowledge while rejecting the God of the Bible. It is the biblical story of Eve repeating itself.
13 posted on 12/13/2009 3:56:27 PM PST by Nosterrex
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To: pburgh01

I’m a diehard fan of inexplicable phenomena and also a diehard conservative.

New science is fascinating stuff. Jesus was deeply mystical-—in truth—the ultimate ‘zen master’ if you take the trouble to move semantics aside.


14 posted on 12/13/2009 4:00:47 PM PST by cycle of discernment
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To: cycle of discernment

This explains a lot of Dem campaigning.


15 posted on 12/13/2009 4:02:31 PM PST by Ueriah
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To: pburgh01

The pagan groups I visit have quite a few conservatives. I went to a meet up pagan group in my county and 4 out of the 5 people were strong conservatives. I find that these groups have strong connections to the military as well. Almost all of the esoteric groups I go to are predominately conservative. I am in Georgia but I expect California is different, though.


16 posted on 12/13/2009 4:06:05 PM PST by bilhosty (Don' t tax people tax newsprint)
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To: RogerFGay
More Democrats than Republicans believe in ghosts, talking with the dead, fortunetellers

It's called "Get Out the Vote".

17 posted on 12/13/2009 4:07:47 PM PST by meadsjn (Sarah 2012, or sooner)
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To: RogerFGay
liberals or Democrats communicating with the dead, seeing ghosts and consulting fortunetellers or psychics," the Pew study says.

Otherwise known as political "consultants."

Quite revealing and not surprising. "Democrats" to me have always come off as goofs and dumbazzes. It is hard to put into words but MY psychic abilities tell me something is way off when I get around a hard core liberal/commie.

And given a little time that person will always do and say nutty and stupid things that prove me right.

18 posted on 12/13/2009 4:09:16 PM PST by TLI ( ITINERIS IMPENDEO VALHALLA)
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To: cycle of discernment

As a conservative,Christian and a person that seeks for evidence of the paranormal, I see no dichotomy. The real pioneers and academics in the field are pretty apolitical. Lots of really bright folks and on the bleeding edge of science and physics. The kooks, Wiccan types and TV investigators DO NOT represent the field.


19 posted on 12/13/2009 4:10:50 PM PST by pburgh01
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To: RogerFGay

pagans...


20 posted on 12/13/2009 4:11:11 PM PST by Last Dakotan
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To: RogerFGay
Totally fake study. “Republicans” believe in floating alien after life things, Angels.

Leftists like to frame the “paranormal” and spiritual to fit their ideas...like everything else.

21 posted on 12/13/2009 4:14:00 PM PST by Earthdweller (Harvard won the election again...so what's the problem.......?)
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To: bilhosty

I actually meet quite a few Christians in the field. Some things as per my beliefs are verboten. Necromancy such as using ouija or other means of direct spirit communication I stay away from. Also I will not do any cases which have signs of inhuman infestation..aka demonic. In about 100 investigations I have only run into one case and we referred it to Catholic clergy.


22 posted on 12/13/2009 4:16:23 PM PST by pburgh01
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To: RogerFGay

Without faith in God, people will fall for anything that’s supernatural. sad.


23 posted on 12/13/2009 4:18:32 PM PST by Marysecretary (GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL!)
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To: pburgh01
Figures, somehow.

They also seem convinced that dead people should vote as well as talk.

24 posted on 12/13/2009 4:32:09 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: LibLieSlayer

I believe more than a few kooks from kos have stuck needles in Bush dolls, Especially after the US Supreme Court told them they were bootin Gores appeal.

I don’t really care, doesn’t change my life


25 posted on 12/13/2009 4:33:47 PM PST by reefdiver ("Let His day's be few And another takes His office")
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To: RogerFGay
But in the end, the Pew report offers no solid answers for why there are such differences between Republicans and Democrats.

They don't have to. It's well known "settled science."

Republicans, by and large, are common sense, thinking people.

ALL Democrats, by comparison, are mentally deranged.

Simple, huh?

26 posted on 12/13/2009 4:33:52 PM PST by upchuck (New sign on my pickup: Are you a "Hope and Change" regretter?)
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To: RogerFGay

They call them “Voters”.


27 posted on 12/13/2009 4:35:08 PM PST by CWW (Palin & Jindal in 2012!!)
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To: pburgh01

Only the ones who believe in an afterlife - that’s a start.


28 posted on 12/13/2009 4:36:49 PM PST by Let's Roll (Stop paying ACORN to destroy America! Cut off their government funding!)
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To: RogerFGay

So the listeners of George Noory and Art Bell are liberals. No big suprise. A lot of callers to Coast to Coast AM tend to be anti-war moonbats.


29 posted on 12/13/2009 4:37:35 PM PST by yongin
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To: RogerFGay

The Democrat “leadership” in the Congress would make one believe we are all dealing with the living dead.


30 posted on 12/13/2009 4:50:50 PM PST by MIchaelTArchangel (A village in Kenya is missing its idiot.)
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To: RogerFGay
Democrats probably see the Ghost of Elections Future.
31 posted on 12/13/2009 4:53:23 PM PST by HarleyD
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To: RogerFGay

How about the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny and sasquatch?


32 posted on 12/13/2009 5:00:11 PM PST by Past Your Eyes (You don't have to be ignorant to be a Democrat...but if you are...so what?)
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To: RogerFGay

Makes sense—you have to talk to them to get ‘em to show up to vote!


33 posted on 12/13/2009 5:06:58 PM PST by Jagman
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To: RogerFGay

The Bible equates soothsayers, etc., with demons and warns not to become involved with those things. Most Christians are Republicans. Ergo... fill in the blank.


34 posted on 12/13/2009 5:10:55 PM PST by MayflowerMadam (Never argue with a man whose job depends on not being convinced. (Mencken))
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To: MayflowerMadam
Most Christians are Republicans.

Most WHITE Christians are Republicans. African Americans are the most devoutly churchgoing demographic in America, and they are 90%+ Dem, unfortunately.

35 posted on 12/13/2009 5:14:23 PM PST by Clemenza (Remember our Korean War Veterans)
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To: MayflowerMadam
Most Christians are Republicans.

Most WHITE Christians are Republicans. African Americans are the most devoutly churchgoing demographic in America, and they are 90%+ Dem, unfortunately.

36 posted on 12/13/2009 5:14:24 PM PST by Clemenza (Remember our Korean War Veterans)
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To: pburgh01

Sounds great! Love the ‘stuff’. Was into Seth Material et al, years ago. . .most interesting and parallels in many ways,’Eastern Concepts and books like ‘Tao of Physics’ and ‘Dancing Wu Li Masters’ - among many others/lol. But ‘Seth’ quite the character which gave it great color.


37 posted on 12/13/2009 5:17:47 PM PST by cricket
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To: RogerFGay

I would think this was a gimme.


38 posted on 12/13/2009 5:20:28 PM PST by Blue Collar Christian ( What happened to my tag line?)
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To: RogerFGay

That the dem populace believe the BS shoveled into them by their political leaders (and media sycophants) tells you right there that they believe in fairy tales. Ghosts & goblins aren’t much of a stretch.


39 posted on 12/13/2009 5:25:53 PM PST by Erasmus (Sid's oxymorons: Postmodern Intellectualism.)
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To: RogerFGay
For example, 21 percent of Republicans report that they have been in touch with someone who is dead, while 36 percent of Democrats say they have done so.
You still have more than one in five Republicans talking to the dead.
40 posted on 12/13/2009 5:29:28 PM PST by Salman
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To: RogerFGay

I believe in ghosts, I’ve seen some strange stuff over the years. There are just some things that we cannoy explain in this world. It doesn’t matter if your a Conservative or a Socialist when it come to this stuff.


41 posted on 12/13/2009 5:30:09 PM PST by sean327 (God created all men equal, then some become Marines!)
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To: yongin
So the listeners of George Noory and Art Bell are liberals. No big suprise. A lot of callers to Coast to Coast AM tend to be anti-war moonbats.

Be aware that a lot of listeners (not callers) are not moonbats, but listen out of a mild interest, or for things to joke about the next day.

Me, I can't stand to listen for more than a couple of minutes to the typical C to C AM program. It depresses my already precarious regard for earthlings.

≤}B^)

42 posted on 12/13/2009 5:36:04 PM PST by Erasmus (I want a broadcast facility with a rooftop garden so I can marry above my station.)
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To: PJ-Comix; Charles Henrickson

Regular readers of the DUmmie FUnnies could have told you this.


43 posted on 12/13/2009 5:39:50 PM PST by Incorrigible (If I lead, follow me; If I pause, push me; If I retreat, kill me.)
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To: sean327

I haven’t seen ghosts, but I had one angel encounter in my life (as previously related on FR):

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1800992/posts?page=78#78


44 posted on 12/13/2009 5:43:29 PM PST by XEHRpa
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To: RogerFGay
More Democrats than Republicans believe in ghosts, talking with the dead

Of course they do.
And why not?

They know that the dead vote and that they vote reliably for Demcrats.
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45 posted on 12/13/2009 7:01:20 PM PST by Iron Munro (God is great - Beer is good - People are crazy.)
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To: reefdiver
I care that evil controls all three branches of our government... and it affects every facet of your life... evil is as evil does.

LLS

46 posted on 12/14/2009 4:29:16 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (hussama will never be my president... NEVER!)
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To: Salman
You still have more than one in five Republicans talking to the dead.

So did Dick Feynman.

47 posted on 12/26/2009 9:53:43 AM PST by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: Past Your Eyes

Leave Bigfoot alone!


48 posted on 12/26/2009 10:07:15 AM PST by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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