I cannot wait until Sunday to be silly with this one (and anyway, I’ve got a better one lined up for then), a survey from iShare looking at UMA, Unidentified Mysterious Animals, or cryptozoological beasts.

Demographics

Between the 9th and 11th of December 2008 430 members of the CLUB BBQ free email forwarding service completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 53.7% of the sample were male, 10.7% in their twenties, 51.9% in their thirties, 29.8% in their forties, and 7.7% in their teens or fifty or older.

Pink Tentacle has an article up that describes various Japanese UMAs.

For me, I wouldn’t want Nessie to exist as it would probably destroy a lot of the tourist trade! I’d love to see a real kappa, however. I’m not sure what the New Nessie is, but here’s a video via Japan Probe of the Old Nessie visiting Tokyo.


Research results

Q1: Things like Tsuchinoko, Bigfoot, etc are commonly known as UMAs, Unidentified Mysterious Objects. Do you believe they exist? (Sample size=430)

  All Male
N=231
Female
N=199
Seen them with my own eyes (to SQ) 0.7% 0.4% 1.0%
I believe they exist (to SQ) 12.8% 11.7% 14.1%
Would like to think they did (to SQ) 52.3% 50.6% 54.3%
Don’t want them to exist 4.0% 3.5% 4.5%
Don’t think they exist 30.2% 33.8% 26.1%

Q1SQ: Which do you believe or want to believe exist? (Sample size=242, multiple answer)

  All Male
N=125
Female
N=117
Tsuchinoko 59.1% 56.0% 62.4%
Nessie 57.4% 52.8% 62.4%
Kappa 47.5% 34.4% 61.5%
Bigfoot, yeti 43.0% 44.8% 41.0%
Mermaid 38.0% 25.6% 51.3%
Kesalan Patharan 28.9% 19.2% 39.3%
Skyfish 21.5% 23.2% 19.7%
Enjin, Apeman 21.1% 24.0% 17.9%
Hibagon 15.7% 13.6% 17.9%
Chupacabra 14.0% 14.4% 13.7%
Sea serpent 11.2% 12.0% 10.3%
New Nessie 10.7% 12.0% 9.4%
Jersey devil 5.8% 7.2% 4.3%
Yowie 5.4% 5.6% 5.1%
Critter 3.7% 4.8% 2.6%
Other 7.9% 8.0% 7.7%

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