The Politics of Paranormal

This post is Part 5 in a series of posts investigating the traits of people who believe in the paranormal.

Part 1: We Want to Believe
Part 2: Who Wears Tinfoil Hats?
Part 3: Spirituality and a Belief in the Paranormal
Part 4: Traits of the Skeptic
Part 5: The Politics of Paranormal

Part 5: The Politics of Paranormal

The analyses in Parts 3 and 4 of this blog series demonstrate some clear differences between Trump and Clinton voters. Trump voters are similar in beliefs to religious conservatives in that they strongly believe in angels, but are also more likely to believe in conspiracy theories and Big Foot. Clinton voters' beliefs, on the other hand, more closely resemble those of liberals and the non-religious - they are less likely to believe in any paranormal activity (particularly angels), but are slightly more likely to believe in psychics.

The plot below clearly shows the differences between the two candidate's supporters. The y-axis shows the percent of all SameGrain users who believe in the phenomena indicated by the symbol. The x-axis shows the percent more likely a Trump/Clinton supporter is to have that belief. Those to the left are more common to Clinton supporters, while those to the right are more common to Trump's. The color of the symbol shows how statistically confident it is that one candidate's supporters believe more than the others'. The symbol must be outside of the shaded region for the difference between the candidates to be considered statistically significant (99% confidence).

Trump supporters are more likely to believe in most paranormal phenomena - angels, ghosts, alien visits, conspiracy theories, and Big Foot. Clinton supporters are only more likely to believe in psychics. The biggest difference between Trump and Clinton is with a belief in Big Foot; Trump supporters are 28% more likely to believe in the mythological ape-like creature. Clinton supporters' stronger belief in psychics is likely due to to the fact that women, from whom she enjoys strong support, are more likely to believe in psychics (see Part 4). Note also that Clinton supporters are nearly 40% more likely to have no paranormal beliefs. These voters are the non-religious group discussed in Part 4 who are less likely to believe in anything paranormal.

You can find people like you - including those with the same paranormal beliefs - on SameGrain.