Survey: How much Bulgarians Believe in Conspiracy and Superstition?
40% of Bulgarians believe there is a secret society that governs the world. 29% of Bulgarians believe in the existence of aliens, 19% are convinced that people have contacted them, and 14% - that aliens live among people.
This shows a study of the Bulgarians' attitudes towards beliefs, conspiracy and superstition, carried out by Trend Research on the order of 24 hours newspaper.
The data records high levels of belief regarding issues related to supernatural abilities of people.
75% of Bulgarians believe in famous fortuneteller Vanga's prophetic abilities. There is no particular dynamics among demographic groups - it is surprising that people in the youngest age group (18-29) in a large proportion (63%) believe in Vanga's abilities.
63% of Bulgarians believe in the existence of people with supernatural abilities, and just over two thirds in the existence of people who have the ability to predict the future. Few more than half of Bulgarians believe that there are people who can treat with supernatural abilities.
45% of Bulgarians believe in magic.
The study also gives clarity about the Bulgarians' belief in various world conspiracies.
40% of people in our country believe in the existence of a secret society that governs the world. This view is shared by almost half of people with higher education.
66% of the people in our country believe that there are artificially created diseases - for the purpose of selling new medicines.
33% is the proportion of people who believe in the reincarnation of a person, with women having a higher percentage (40%) than men (25%).
36% say they believe in the existence of heaven and hell. The data show that residents living in small settlements and villages are more likely to believe this at the expense of those living in the capital. Here one of the possible explanations is the higher degree of religiosity in small settlements.
35% of Bulgarians declare that they have visited a fortune-teller. And here the impression is that people from small settlements follow this practice in far more widespread mode than the people in the capital.
Few more than a third of Bulgarians believe that Friday 13th brings misfortune. Similar is the ratio of superstition that the black cat brings misfortune, while 60% do not believe. A little over one third of Bulgarians believe that the broken mirror brings misery, and people with lower education are more likely to believe at the expense of those with a higher degree.
73% of Bulgarians report that they are knocking on a tree for preventing misfortune, while 24% do not. 12% say they are throwing salt for luck, and 35% of Bulgarians say sometimes they wear a red thread on their hand against spells.
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