MOST AMERICANS WOULD WANT TO BE HAUNTED BY ABRAHAM LINCOLN BUT, IF THEY WERE THE GHOST, WOULD PREFER TO HAUNT AN EX OR LOVED ONE
-- Cable TV's DESTINATION AMERICA Channel Reveals Results of a Paranormal Poll in the Spirit of Halloween and its All-New Series "WHEN GHOSTS ATTACK" Airing SUNDAYS at 10 PM E/P --
SILVER SPRING, Md., Oct. 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Destination America, the only television network that celebrates the people, places, and stories of our country, today released the results of a Nielsen Entertainment online study that reveals Americans' behaviors and attitudes surrounding paranormal phenomena. The survey of more than 1,000 men and women aged 18+, found that most Americans (79%) claim some belief in ghosts. What's more, over half of Americans claim to have experienced paranormal activity – seeing (57%), hearing (53%), or feeling (51%) something they can't explain – like the people featured in Destination America's all-new TV series WHEN GHOSTS ATTACK. Airing Sundays at 10 PM E/P, the series exposes stories of real people who believe they have been attacked by an evil paranormal force.
Americans' belief in the paranormal is so strong that, despite polarizing views among political parties, it transcends party lines with two-thirds each of Republicans, Democrats and Independents saying that they strongly or somewhat believe in ghosts. Of the survey respondents, 57% believe in ghosts while 47% believe in aliens; they would want Abraham Lincoln's ghost to haunt them but, if the tables turned, they'd most prefer to haunt a loved one; and while six-in-ten enjoy horror movies, more than half (55%) would pass on the opportunity to buy a haunted house. Unfortunately for the folks featured in WHEN GHOSTS ATTACK, they didn't find out their house was haunted until it was too late.
Survey results include:
There's one thing political parties can agree on: belief in the paranormal
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Given the opportunity to haunt anyone in the afterlife, participants said they would prefer to visit a family member (28%) followed by an ex (22%), as the surprising second choice.
Most Americans love a good scare, but only from the safety of their living room
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"Did you hear that?" More than half of Americans claim to have experienced paranormal activity
The past is calling...
Tune in to Destination America's all-new series WHEN GHOSTS ATTACK, continuing Sundays at 10 PM E/P. In new episodes, relive what happened when an evil demon not only revealed itself to the living but struck with terrifying force. Hear first-hand what went through the victims' mind as their experiences escalated from threatening whispers and dark omens to scratches, shoves, and the anguish of having to share a home with their invisible enemy.
About This Research
Between September 19 and September 22, 2013, Destination America commissioned Nielsen Entertainment, a division of Nielsen (www.nielsen.com), to survey a nationally representative sample of 1000 U.S. adults about their beliefs and interest in the paranormal. The online survey included questions about behaviors and attitudes surrounding ghosts, aliens, and the afterlife. It has a margin of error of +/- 3.1%.
About Destination America
Destination America is the only television network to celebrate the people, places, and stories of the United States. The inclusive network targeting Adults 25-54 is available in more than 60 million homes, emblazoning television screens with the grit and tenacity, honesty and work ethic, humor and adventurousness that characterize our nation. Destination America features travel, food, adventure, home, and natural history, with original series like BBQ Pitmasters, A Haunting, Epic, and Buying Alaska. For more information, please visit DestinationAmerica.com, facebook.com/DestinationAmerica, or twitter.com/DestAmerica. Destination America is part of Discovery Communications (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), the world's #1 nonfiction media company reaching more than 1.8 billion cumulative subscribers in 218 countries and territories.
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