A new Halloween survey from Public Policy Polling finds that 62% of voters have a favorable opinion of Halloween. 26% of voters say they’ll be dressing up for Halloween this year. More Democrats (33%) than Republicans (23%) say they’ll be donning costumes this year, but among those more Republicans (95%) than Democrats (80%) said they had decided on their costume at the time they were polled.
Chocolate bars were overwhelmingly the most favorite type of Halloween candy, with 62% of voters choosing them and 11% picking candy corn, 7% for fruit-flavored candies and 6% opting for candy apples. 36% of voters wish they could still go trick-or treating.
37% of voters believe in ghosts, and 26% say they’ve seen a ghost. By a 52-40 margin voters think it’s possible for a house to be haunted, and respondents are split 47-45 on whether they be willing to sleep in a “haunted house” with men saying they’d be willing to by a 56-38 margin but women declining 39-51. 29% of voters say zombies are the scariest monster, with vampires (15%) werewolves (12%) and “something else” (17%) all reaching double digits. Ghosts got 6%, mummies and witches 5% and Frankenstein 3%. If forced to turn into a monster 27% of voters would choose to be a vampire, 22% a witch, 12% a werewolf, 6% a zombie and 25% something else.
Voters either have very high or very low opinions of their ability to survive a zombie apocalypse – 27% say they’d survive less than a week but 32% say they’d survive more than a year with the rest somewhere in between.
36% of voters say black cats are good luck, 23% say bad luck, and 42% aren’t sure. Democrats say black cats are good luck by a 43-20 margin but Republicans are split 31-26.
45% of respondents said they enjoy horror movies, and responses were split among several horror movie franchises when asked which was the favorite, with Friday the 13th, the Halloween movies, Nightmare on Elm Street, Night of the Living Dead and Paranormal Activity franchises all cracking double digits among horror fans.