Top 5 superstitions revealed - which one is yours?

Three-quarters of North East people have admitted they are superstitious - and their most irrational fears have been revealed.

Sunday, 22nd January 2017, 1:30 pm
Updated Sunday, 22nd January 2017, 1:37 pm
Bad luck if you break a mirror is the most common superstition in the North East.

A new study of Britons has revealed that 76% of North East folk consider themselves superstitious.

And the most common occurrence that they think will bring them bad luck is cracking a mirror .

A new poll aimed to determine which parts of the UK are the most and least superstitious.

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Nearly 3,000 people around the country were quizzed about superstitions and whether or not they play a part in their lives.

When asked if they followed or stuck to any traditional superstitions, more than three-quarters of participants (76%) admitted they do.

The top 5 most common are:

1. Avoid walking under scaffolding/ladders – (81%)

2. Count the number of magpies (one for sorrow, two for joy……) – (76%)

3. Never open an umbrella indoors – (71%)

4. Never crack a mirror - (67%)

5. Avoiding the number 13 – (62%)

More than half admitted that at least one or more of their superstitions are likely to have developed in their childhood, as a result of a parent or grandparent's beliefs.

Another 22% said their superstitious tendencies were due to an incident or experience they’d previously gone through.

The most superstitious region is the North West (83%), and the South West the least (68%).

One odd superstition which didn't make the Top 5 is the Yorkshire belief that you should never put new shoes on the table.

Dan Hawkins of online lottery provider, which carried out the research, said: “It is very interesting and telling just how many traditional superstitions are actually still ingrained in the minds of Britons, and part of their daily lives."