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From haunted houses to extrasensory perception, when it comes to paranormal activity — Americans are big believers.

A Gallup poll released in 2005 that surveyed more than 1,000 Americans finds that 73 percent harbor at least one paranormal belief. The survey's results reflect little change from a poll that was conducted in 2001 that showed 76 percent had some type of paranormal belief.

The most popular belief among Americans is extrasensory perception (ESP), with 41 percent indicating they believe in that. ESP was followed by a belief in haunted houses, with 37 percent of survey respondents believing in that paranormal activity. More than 30 percent of those surveyed said they believe that spirits of dead people can return.

In total, the survey asked Americans their thoughts about 10 different types of paranormal activities. The least popular belief is the ability to allow a spirit to assume control of someone's body. Only 9 percent of those polled believe that's possible.

And despite some pretty compelling stories that have been shared by people who claim they've experienced paranormal events, some believe don't believe in any of it. In fact, the survey finds that 27 percent of those polled don't believe in any of the 10 items Gallup asked about.

In this Forever 39 episode, we share stories of the paranormal events that we've experienced. From working with professionals in the paranormal business to seeing ghosts, our stories might just have non-believers second guessing themselves.

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