The survey of 2,000 British adults was commissioned to mark the launch of Oscar® winning Alfonso Cuarón and J.J. Abrams? new TV series Believe on Watch. The poll asked respondents about their beliefs as well as superstitions which still hold sway in 2014.
A staggering one in ten of those surveyed claimed to have supernatural powers themselves with the following the most common.
Top 10 Beliefs in Unexplained Phenomena:
1 - Ghosts (33%)
2 - Sixth sense (32%)
3 - UFOs (22%)
4 - Past lives (19%)
5 - Telepathy (18%)
6 - Psychic ability to predict the future (18%)
7 - Psychic healing (16%)
8 - Astrology (10%)
9 - Bermuda Triangle (9%)
10 - Demons (8%)
A quarter of respondents (25%) claimed their belief was born out of witnessing something spooky themselves, whilst almost one in five (19%) had been convinced by someone they trusted and 16% were influenced by TV or film.
A quarter of respondents (25%) said that reports of supermodel Kate Moss hiring a Shaman to cleanse her new home of evil spirits, and other celebrities endorsing elements of the supernatural, would make people more likely to believe in the supernatural and the unexplained.
A third (32%) of Britons consider themselves to be superstitious, with the following being the most popular.
Top 10 Most Common Superstitions
1 - Walking under a ladder (25%)
2 - Breaking a mirror will bring seven years bad luck (21%)
3 - If you touch wood it will ward off bad luck after tempting fate (18.2%)
4 - To open an umbrella in the house will bring bad luck (18.1%)
5 - Putting new shoes on the table brings bad luck (17.1%)
6 - Finding a penny on the floor and picking it up brings you good luck (17%)
7 - If your ear is burning someone is talking about you (15%)
8 - If you spill salt, throwing it over your shoulder counteracts bad luck (14.6%)
9 - Friday the thirteenth is an unlucky day (13.75%)
10 - Forbidding the groom to see the bride in her dress before their wedding (13.55%)
In terms of the amount that Britons spend on supernatural beliefs each year, 4% admit to shelling out more than £100, with one in ten having a tarot reading and 3% having consulted someone who reveals their past lives.
The research revealed some interesting regional variations, with respondents in the North West the most likely to believe that they have a special ?gift? (14% compared with a national average of 10%).
Those in the South East are the most superstitious (37% compared with a national average of 32%) but the Northern Irish are more likely to spend in excess of £150 hiring the services of someone who claims to have supernatural powers (7%).