July 13, 2005

Monster Chiller Horror Theatre

FROM Editor and Publisher magazine:

Gallup reports today that its latest poll found that one in three Americans “believe in ghosts.” The numbers: 32% of all adults say they believe that “ghosts/spirits of dead people can come back,” while 48% do not, and 19% are unsure.

An even larger number of Americans believe that houses can be haunted, with 37% holding that position, 46% saying no, and 16% not sure.

I don't mean to be rude, but please: will someone explain to me how more people can believe in haunted houses than in ghosts? I mean, shouldn't there be an equivalency there, regardless of the margin of error that exists within the poll?

I mean, if ghosts aren't doing the haunting, then who -- or what -- is? Carpet salesmen? Your in-laws from Texarkana? Count Floyd? I mean, it's just silly.

Posted by Benjamin Kepple at July 13, 2005 07:00 PM | TrackBack

Evil spirits, maybe. Since I hang with Pentecostals I know a fair number of people who believe in demon possession, and this can cover houses as well as people.

Posted by: Camassia at July 15, 2005 12:31 AM

There is more to the supernatural than ghosts. Poltergeists etc etc.

Posted by: Andrew Ian Dodge at July 16, 2005 09:10 AM

This is a distinction that, in my haste, I had not perhaps considered as fully as I ought. However, it still seems odd to me. I mean, wouldn't believing in ghosts be the reasonable "lesser and included charge" here? One who believes in haunted houses therefore believes in ghosts. It doesn't seem to make sense that one would, in point of fact, believe in haunted houses but NOT in ghosts -- although, Camassia, I must admit that your explanation might explain this.

Posted by: Benjamin Kepple at July 16, 2005 10:22 AM