Americans' belief in common superstitions 2014, by gender

This survey, conducted in the United States in January 2014, shows common superstitious beliefs held by American men and women. 37 percent of American women believe that finding and picking up a penny is good luck, while 29 percent of male respondents stated the same.

Superstitions held by Americans in 2014, by gender

Finding and picking up a penny is good luck 29%37%
It’s bad luck for the groom to see the bride
before the wedding
Seven is a lucky number24%23%
Knocking on wood prevents bad luck 17%24%
It’s unlucky to walk under a ladder 20%20%
Opening an umbrella indoors is bad luck13%15%
Friday the 13th is an unlucky day 13%15%
Breaking a mirror brings seven years bad luck 13%14%
Throwing spilled salt over the left shoulder
prevents bad luck
A black cat crossing your path is bad luck 13%12%
13 is an unlucky number13%12%
Stepping on a crack is bad luck7%7%
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Release date

April 2014


United States

Survey time period

January 15-20, 2014

Number of respondents

2,236 respondents

Age group

18 years and older

Special properties

Americans who are superstitious

Method of interview

Online survey

Supplementary notes

This question was asked of those respondents who previously answered that they believed in superstitions during the survey.
Note: Percentages may not add up to 100% due to rounding

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