Americans' belief in common superstitions as of 2014, by religious affiliation

This survey, conducted in the United States in January 2014, shows the extent to which Americans believe in common superstitions, based on their religious affiliation. 40 percent of the Catholic respondents believed that finding and picking up a penny is good luck, while 16 percent of agnostics/atheists stated the same.

Superstitions held by Americans in 2014, by religious affiliation

Finding and picking up a penny is good luck 40%35%16%
It’s bad luck for the groom to see the bride
before the wedding
Seven is a lucky number26%24%10%
Knocking on wood prevents bad luck 27%20%18%
It’s unlucky to walk under a ladder 26%22%12%
Opening an umbrella indoors is bad luck18%15%12%
Friday the 13th is an unlucky day 18%15%7%
Breaking a mirror brings seven years bad luck 21%13%9%
Throwing spilled salt over the left shoulder
prevents bad luck
A black cat crossing your path is bad luck 17%14%4%
13 is an unlucky number15%14%9%
Stepping on a crack is bad luck8%8%3%
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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

Method of interview

Online survey

Supplementary notes

This question was posed to the share of respondents who had 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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