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In recent years, the number of people who trust their political leaders has decreased. A new research is now showing just how bad the lack of faith people have in their leaders has become. The study shows that people are more likely to believe the dead than trust what their governments tell them.

This survey was conducted on behalf of SpiritShack Ltd. It evaluated 1000 U.K citizens and found that half of them believe ghosts exist. This figure was significantly high compared to 1 in 5 who said they trusted the government.

U.K citizens don’t trust the government or the media

The participants seemed to have many grievances with the government. For instance, 38% believed the government was surveying them constantly. This was not surprising as the debate on privacy protections has been a big issue over the last few years.

Moreover, the mistrust wasn’t just directed toward the government. Instead, respondents were two times more likely to believe in ghosts than to trust the media. Many of the study participants thought that the press could be biased.

While science has never proven that ghosts are real, many believe in them. More people believe in ghosts than those who believe in magic (12%) and astrology (23%). Another 18% claimed to have contacted a spirit. Despite ghosts being something to fear, 23% said they weren’t afraid.

The respondents seemed even more likely to believe in aliens or Deja vu (60%). Approximately 1 in 20 claimed to have interacted with or seen a UFO. The poll also showed that religion made people more likely to believe in ghosts.

Religious people are more likely to believe in ghosts

Catholics were most likely to think ghosts are real (64%). Other Christians also believed in ghosts (53%), agnostics (42%), and atheists (37%). Their attitudes towards spirits also seemed to differ, with 17% of atheists being unafraid and 1 in 3 Catholics being afraid.

The respondents’ attitudes toward ghost was also influenced by their age groups. For example, 1 in 3 Gen Z adults feared them compared to 16% of baby boomers.

The respondents seemed more afraid of other things such as illnesses (55%), cyberattacks (65%), and climate change (75%).