Poll: More Americans Believe in Ghosts Than Approve Of Congress

Happy Halloween everyone. In case you aren't frightened enough, let this thought marinate in your brain: 18% of Americans believe in ghosts, but only 11% of Americans approve of how well Congress is doing their job. 

It gets even better than that!

According to the Pew Research Center, nearly one-fifth of U.S. adults (18%) don't just believe in ghosts — they say they've "seen or been in the presence of" one. Also, nearly one in three U.S. adults (29%) say they've felt "in touch" with someone who has died. 


And there's more!

A National Geographic survey found that more than one third of Americans believe that UFOs exist, and that 10% of Americans believe they have seen one. 

36% of Americans, about 80 million people, believe UFOs exist, and a tenth believe they have spotted one, a National Geographic poll shows.

That's right, America. Just about as many people who believe they have actually seen a UFO believe that Congress is doing a good job. Perhaps they are the same people? 

So, as you try to put together a last minute Halloween costume, perhaps take into consideration that a Ted Cruz costume might be more terrifying than throwing a bed sheet with holes cut in it over your head or painting yourself green.

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Jessica Huseman

Jessica wrote for Mic.com until Feb. 2014. Now she's an investigative reporter at The Teacher Project, writing articles on K12 education for Slate.com. Her work has appeared in ProPublica, The Atlantic, Slate, The Dallas Morning News and Chalkbeat and more. Find her contact info and her recent work at www.jessicalhuseman.com.

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