According to a Pew Research poll from 2018, New Age beliefs are quite common among Americans. 60% of Americans believe in at least one of 4 New Age beliefs, and what’s particularly interesting is how many Christians believe them.
36% of Catholics polled believed in reincarnation, which is not what the Vatican says they should believe. The Vatican also says nuh-uh to astrology, but a third of Catholics are into it. I have no idea if all of these people experience cognitive dissonance about having belief systems that directly contradict one another, but it sure is common.
Along with most of the atheists they polled, I don’t believe in New Age stuff. If you know me, this probably won’t surprise you, and you may recognize that I’m practicing restraint and not dropping my full opinion. 😉
Clearly, though, a lot of other people do believe in it. I know that a fair number of people I know in the blogosphere are into this realm, so I thought I’d do a poll of my own. The embedded form below probably won’t show up in the WP Reader, so you might have to go to my actual website to see/fill it.
I added two additional questions besides the ones Pew Research asked. One is about Tarot, and if you’re into Tarot, I’m curious about whether you think the cards make predictions about the future, or if they just get you thinking. I also ask about the law of attraction. If you believe in it, I’m curious whether you believe the nitty gritty details as described in The Secret (i.e. you attract things that vibrate at the exact same frequency as your thoughts, and you can manifest anything as long as you vibrate at the right frequency) or if you believe in it more generally, but not necessarily the specifics about the vibrational frequencies.
You can view the results here (I wish I could embed them so they’d show up right here, but I can’t figure out how). I got us started with my no’s across the board.
Thanks for taking the time to satisfy my curiosity! And if you’re so inclined, let me know in the comments why you do/don’t believe in these things.