PUBLIC OPINION > 60 Percent Believe in Haunted Houses

Living 2012/03/07 14:00:00
Grammy-winning songstress Adele recently moved into an enormous £7 million mansion in Sussex, a rural county south of London. She was apparently very excited to move in, but the feeling moved from cheer to fear when she started hearing strange noises. We'll be the first to admit the story might be overblown, but sources are saying she thinks the place is haunted, and hired a full-time bodyguard to keep her safe. Because, you know, in England the best way to handle a ghost is with a sturdy truncheon. In light of Adele's spooky situation, we asked the public whether they believe houses can really be "haunted."

Sorry, Adele, but the results came back positive. Your house could very well be haunted. Many respondents had their own experiences to share, some casual and some downright unsettling. But we were almost giddy when we saw the demographic breakdown. There were differences everywhere -- big ones, too. So yes, three out of five believe in haunted houses, yadda yadda. Let's get to the breakdown.

An American Haunting

Though Adele is a Londoner herself, the vast majority of international voters (i.e. non-American) do not believe in haunted houses. It's tough to say exactly which countries were prone to believe, since a lot of the international votes were scattered in small amounts, but England is definitely not.


This one might explain why Adele was a little freaked out despite her nationality. Women are significantly more likely to believe in haunted houses. Of course, it is possible some men clicked "No" just to seem brave, but we'll give them the benefit of the doubt.

Agnostics Are Believers

When atheists and Christians strongly disagree on a topic, as they did here, agnostics tend to lean toward the atheist opinion. Because this question asked for a statement of belief, we assumed it would be the case. We were dead wrong. Agnostics were actually more likely to believe in haunted houses than Christians!

If you'd like to vote on this question, dig deeper into the demographics, or engage in existing discussion about the topic, visit our original poll about haunted houses. We'd love to hear from you!
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  • JP 2012/03/07 19:23:11
    white house

    This house has been haunted by more than a fair share of morons!

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  • rosalie... JP 2012/03/08 16:19:03
    Whoever wants to be president has to have problems.I myself would never want that responsibility.Therare always people who oppose your decisions and opinions-not to forget congress.
  • Wretha S 2012/03/07 18:46:24
    Wretha S
    There are different ways to be "haunted", there can be active interactive haunts, there can be haunting caused by the people in the location, it can also be a "memory", a non-intelligent haunting, it's like a 3D snapshot of something that happened in the past that plays over and over, there are others too, but those are the main ones I'm familiar with.

  • ♌βļąƈʞƦơșƐ3033♌ 2012/03/07 18:34:23
  • darlene ♌βļąƈʞƦ... 2012/03/07 19:22:07
    I believe you:)
  • ♌βļąƈʞƦ... darlene 2012/03/07 19:25:30
  • darlene ♌βļąƈʞƦ... 2012/03/07 19:29:38
    No problem.
  • sundance ♌βļąƈʞƦ... 2012/03/10 23:15:14
    I would not question your sanity. I might, however, question your perception. One can see anything if their perception is prepared. I would say that none of this, makes it any less weird...Just a thought...
  • ♌βļąƈʞƦ... sundance 2012/03/10 23:20:07
  • Maci 2012/03/07 18:20:16
  • Raymond 2012/03/07 18:14:36
    I think that it possible for Houses, Building, & Locations to be "Haunted." I've worked at several locations where it was reported to me that the place was "Haunted" & have experienced things that I can't explain. To just brush it off as "figments of one's imagination" is not keeping an Open Mind about such things.
  • darlene Raymond 2012/03/07 19:29:56
    Well said.
  • MissJo Raymond 2012/03/07 20:37:53
    Indeed. There is plenty of proof out there, but a lot of these people saying there is none, that those who believe are delusional and retarded are the blind ones...
  • LoveBug 2012/03/07 18:05:29
    I actually believe in haunted houses. Well, more precisely...I believe in spirits residing in the house because they are trapped between death, and where they are supposed to be going. Or something along those lines. So, yes, I believe.
  • darlene LoveBug 2012/03/07 19:28:19
    I agree with you.
  • LoveBug darlene 2012/03/09 01:55:27
  • darlene LoveBug 2012/03/09 03:23:41
    You're welcome.
  • Artist~PWCM~ 2012/03/07 18:04:01
    Yep, been in plenty but there's nothing to fear...just some fun especially on creepy nights!
  • Keith 2012/03/07 17:49:01
    No haunted houses just haunted minds.
  • justnotsaying (: 2012/03/07 17:48:10
    justnotsaying (:
    She might just be scared to live alone in such big place, but I don't believe in ghost. When it's really quiet in my house I do hear things, but it's stuff I didn't hear when things were noisy(I don't get scared).
  • *The Gentle Giant* 2012/03/07 17:43:16
    *The Gentle Giant*
    This house is cleansed
  • XCloudPandaX 2012/03/07 15:54:30
    bodygaurd?? i honestly dont think that would help one bit if her house is really haunted.. >.>
  • Rammstein 2012/03/07 15:34:35
  • Fran-Halen Rammstein 2012/03/07 16:19:45
    IDK. I'm not an atheist, but I could imagine they aren't seeing or hearing Jesus.
  • justnot... Rammstein 2012/03/07 17:50:55
    justnotsaying (:
    It said agnostics did, and they tend to believe there is something out there, but aren't sure.
  • Rammstein justnot... 2012/03/07 17:59:42
    i'm talking about the 25% of "Atheists" that said yes they do believe in hauntingsi
  • justnot... Rammstein 2012/03/07 18:06:30
    justnotsaying (:
    My mistake. I didn't see that. It seemed to be a bit under 25%. I guess just because you aren't a believer doesn't mean your afraid of things that go bump in the night.
  • Maci Rammstein 2012/03/07 18:21:37
  • Scott ヶ... Rammstein 2012/03/07 18:03:18
    Scott ヶBrony Of PHAETヶ
    Atheism is the lack of belief of a god....that is it, other than this they can believe in what ever the hell they like.
  • MissJo Rammstein 2012/03/07 20:38:52
    They're looking at the reality of the situation, perhaps. Maybe they have experienced some paranormal for themselves...
  • Rammstein MissJo 2012/03/07 23:22:45
  • MissJo Rammstein 2012/03/08 01:19:51
    I'm not going to bother arguing with you about this. If you choose not to see it and believe it than I can't stop you, and you'll probably never believe unless something happens to you.
  • Rammstein MissJo 2012/03/08 01:23:07
    it has "happened" to me, but I'm not stupid

    it's not that I'm "choosing not to see it" it you who is "choosing to see it"
  • MissJo Rammstein 2012/03/08 01:26:52
    If that's what you want to believe, go ahead.
  • Rammstein MissJo 2012/03/08 01:29:42
    the difference between you and I is that i see things unclouded. whereas you see what you are told to see
  • sundance Rammstein 2012/03/10 23:27:50
    So, you are the authority by which the bar of perception is set? Hello, that isn't perception or intelligence. Rather, the real world calls it narcissism and egotism. Both of which are a false sense of self, and a serious pathology. The difference between you and I, is that I can be taught, and you already know it all....Just a thought.....
  • sundance Rammstein 2012/03/10 23:22:45
    Because some atheists are scientists. I for one, know that energy is energy, regardless of your theological beliefs. I also know that I am not an authority on what happens to that energy, when a living thing ceases to live. I have seen Kirlian photography images (Google the same) that are a startling and substantially supporting argument for the above statement. this, and all things can be explained without slander, when logic is applied....Just a thought...
  • Rammstein sundance 2012/03/10 23:34:42

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