Do you believe in Unicorns?

Unicorns. Yes, we said unicorns. You know, those majestic mystical creatures from Arthurian legend (Arthurian right??). The majestic horse-like beasts with a single, solitary horn protruding from the top of their head.

Revered for their ability to bestow good luck on whoever is lucky enough to see one, and bringing good fortune to their companions, unicorns are the stuff of high legend.

But most people don’t really that such creatures exist. Or do they?

As always, we’re on the case to uncover the truth about how many people believe in unicorns.

We delved deep and we worked hard to find the answer for you, our readers. According to our best estimate, 8% of the adult US population believes that unicorns are real. Not quite one in ten, but close (around 1 in 12).

Women are slightly (just slightly if at all) more likely to say they believe in unicorns than men.

Gender Male Female
Yes 6% 9%
No 94% 91%

Not much difference between the sexes on this one.

A much more pronounced difference can be found when looking at belief in unicorns by age. Doing that, we see that those between the ages of 18 and 24 are much more likely than those older to hold this belief.

We’re not sure what happens at around the age of 25 – but something happens that most people stop thinking that unicorns are roaming around deep within the forests of England. From there, belief levels remain fairly consistent, with the percentage climbing to around 11% among those aged 55 to 64, before falling again.

Age 18 to 24 25 to 34 35 to 44 45 to 54 55 to 64 65 to 74
Yes 22% 6% 6% 7% 11% 7%
No 78% 94% 94% 93% 89% 93%

The moral of the story may be that it is nice to be young, it is nice to have a youthful outlook on life, where everything is possible – even the mythical unicorn.

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