Friday, March 2, 2012

Scientific Poll: Bigfoot Believers; Americans vs. Canadians

A new Angus Reid Public Opinion poll has found three-in-ten Americans (29%)
and one-in-five Canadians (21%) think Bigfoot is “definitely” or “probably” real.
"One out of five Canadians believe the legendary Bigfoot stomps through the forests. Americans are even more inclined to believe Bigfoot lives in the West Coast mountains." --Vancouver Sun

Drilling deeper into the Canadian profile
The Vancouver Sun cites a new Angus Reid Opinion Poll. The poll compares West Coast Americans compared to varying provinces in Canada.

One out of five Canadians believe in Bigfoot (Sasquatch)
Bigfoot, also often known as “Sasquatch” in Canada, is said to be an extremely tall and hairy primate, almost nine feet (2.75 meters). The rarely-seen, or never-seen (depending on your view), creature is said to live in remote areas of Canada and the United States, particularly in Cascadia (also known as the Pacific Northwest).
Artist's rendering of a Bigfoot, aka Sasquatch
Wikipedia says: “Even though many people claim to have seen a Bigfoot, or seen their tracks, no one has ever captured one, or found a dead body. For this reason, some people do not believe in Bigfoot. Some also believe Bigfoot is a dangerous monster, because of some scary stories told about them. Most people who study Bigfoot, however, agree that the species is probably gentle and intelligent, just like humans.”
The Angus Reid survey of more than 1,000 Canadians and 1,000 Americans found that the Bigfoot phenomenon is bigger in the U.S., where 77 per cent of respondents claim to have heard “a great deal” or a “moderate amount” about Bigfoot (compared to 61% of Canadians).
In Canada, Albertans (29%) are more likely to think that Bigfoot is real than British Columbians (18%), even though B.C. is supposed to be prime Bigfoot territory. Nineteen percent of Quebecers believe Bigfoot could be the real deal, compared to 17 per cent of Ontarians (17%). In the United States, respondents in the West (32%) are more likely to believe that Bigfoot is real.
SRC: Vancouver Sun


  1. What's weird is that I can't get the actual survey results for this. It's been reported by Douglas Todd at the Vancouver Sun several days ago (2/29 I think). I emailed him to ask about the report (always go to the original source) and he said it's not been released. I'm not sure how he got it then. So, I know it might be silly to be dubious of such things but survey questions are very tricky to word in order to get a valid result. I'm curious about the background and methods in this survey.

    I'm annoyed that the Vancouver Sun is the only one with the data. Yet, it's been picked up and re-reported. Hmm.
    (cross posted comment on Cryptomundo as well)

  2. Very Interesting. Thanks Guy!!!


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