PRINCETON, NJ (EP) – America’s belief in astrology has declined significantly, despite First Lady Nancy Reagan’s involvement in the occult practice, according to a Gallup Poll taken in mid-May.
The poll, conducted for the Princeton Religion Research Center following revelations that Nancy Reagan consulted astrologers for scheduling advice, showed that the number of Americans who believe in astrology has dropped to 12 percent. In 1978, that figure was 29 percent. The group in the survey that was most likely to believe in astrology was teens (52 percent).
Surprisingly, the survey indicated that religious or educational backgrounds play little role in determining whether one believes in astrology. College educated individuals were only slightly less likely to believe in astrology than their less-educated counterparts (10 percent to 14 percent).