Here are some remarkable poll results.
Eerily, 25 per cent of the UK adult population – or around 11m people - have experienced a ghost, according to research by spectre expert Professor Richard Wiseman. ...
In the 1950s, the figure was just seven per cent, rising to 14 per cent in the 1990s and 19 per cent in 2003.
The U.S. has got them beat. CBS says a third of Americans believe in ghosts in the poll asking which one of the following do you think is the most likely to actually exist, Ghosts, UFOs, Vampires, Loch Ness Monster, Bigfoot, none of the above. Ghosts ranked the highest with a third of Americans saying they believe. There's slim hope, though, with 12% selecting "none of the above."
Are ghosts rising. Nah, most likely it's the influence of TV. Popular TV shows about the walking dead probably aren't taken as anything other than fiction. But with the history channel shows about ancient aliens right along side shows about the hilarity of pawn shop management, it's easy to see how some vulnerable viewers might confuse fiction with reality.
Can't find the TV remote or the car keys? Ghosts. Seems like you just filled up the gas tank, but now it's empty again? Ghosts. Took out the trash, but the waste basket is full again already? Those pesky ghosts, there oughta be a law.