Things People Believe

Adrian Arroyo observed yesterday that writing about odd American beliefs about politics would benefit from some context. According to Gallup, lots of Americans believe lots of weird stuff:

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What’s more, that’s not just a group of overlapping people. Instead “A special analysis of the data shows that 73% of Americans believe in at least one of the 10 items listed above, while 27% believe in none of them. A Gallup survey in 2001 provided similar results — 76% professed belief in at least one of the 10 items.” I’ll admit that I’m a lot more open to the view that Barack Obama is secretly a Muslim than to the view that the spirits of dead people can return in certain situations.