The student life site CollegeOwl.com has released a poll of college students that claims that one in four students are “in denial” about the existence of a supernatural event.
According to the poll, students are less likely to believe in UFOs and Bigfoot than are the general population.
In addition, students appear to be more likely to trust in science over religion.
Students were asked to rate their belief in each of the six major paranormal events and the likelihood of believing in each event.
The poll found that 41 percent of college student respondents believe in a supernatural “supernatural event,” while 43 percent said they believed in a paranormal “fairy tale” and only 11 percent believed in “the paranormal.”
In fact, students were asked, “If you could have any supernatural event, what would it be?”
Only 15 percent of students responded “The apocalypse,” a rate of 1 in 4.
The college student poll also showed that college students are more likely than the general public to believe that Bigfoot exists.
Students polled were asked which of the following is the most popular “sensational news” story in the United States today: “The world’s biggest and oldest living animal was found on a remote mountain in the Andes,” “A UFO is being chased by a drone flying over California,” “It has been confirmed that the Great Pyramids of Giza were built by a race of humans who were transported there from a remote planet,” “The U.S. government was responsible for the mass killing of more than 100 million people in the Holocaust,” “Halloween is Halloween, a time for horror stories and Halloween costumes,” “Sister Mary of Perpetual Indulgence was executed for witchcraft” and “The Loch Ness Monster is the biggest hoax in history.”
The poll was conducted by the pollster PollingReport.com, which specializes in the research and analysis of polling and surveys.
CollegeOwl is not the first university poll to claim that students are in denial about the supernatural.
In 2015, the University of Pennsylvania’s Student Opinion Research Center conducted an online survey which claimed that 43 percent of the U.P. students surveyed believed in the existence and “the existence of aliens,” and only 10 percent believed that “the weather is controlled by aliens.”
The University of Minnesota also released a survey in 2016 that claimed that 45 percent of its students believed in Bigfoot, and only 9 percent believed the weather is “controlled by aliens,” while 30 percent believed “the sky is the center of the universe.”
The report did not reveal the percentage of students who believe in “other supernatural entities.”