The Most Superstitious U.S. States | BetMGM

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Key Findings
Most and Least Superstitious States
Most Superstitious Sports Fans
When are Fans the Most Superstitious?

 

Are you a sports fan who wears the same lucky jersey for a big game? Or do you knock on wood when someone mentions something that you really don’t want to happen? You’re not alone! Superstitions have been around for thousands of years and continue to play a role in our lives today.

In this blog, we explore superstitions in each state and how superstitions relate to sports. We surveyed people from all 42 states to see which states are the most and least superstitious and which superstitions are the most popular across the country. Based on these answers, we developed a “superstition score” that took into account the percentage of respondents from each state who said they believed in each superstition we asked about.

We also surveyed a group of sports fans to see just how much superstitions impact their game-day rituals. So, whether you’re a die-hard sports fan or just someone who likes to wish on a star occasionally, join us as we delve into the fascinating world of superstitions!

Key Findings

  • The most commonly held superstitions, in general, are that knocking on wood reverses a jinx (56% of respondents), bad luck (or news) comes in threes (48%), and crossing fingers brings good luck (43%).
  • Texas, Oklahoma, and South Carolina are the most superstitious states in the country. Maryland, Colorado, and Washington are the least superstitious.
  • When it comes to sports fans, the most widely held superstition is that the announcer’s curse is real (58% of respondents believe so).
  • Even if they don’t believe in them, 48% of sports fans will follow a superstition just in case it works.

Which States Are the Most and Least Superstitious?

 

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StateSuperstition ScoreGood Luck SuperstitionBad Luck SuperstitionSuperstitious Action
AL46.97Beginner's LuckBad luck(or news) comes in 3'sKnocking on Wood
AZ62.73Lucky NumbersBad luck(or news) comes in 3'sCrossing finges/toes
AR38.75Four-lef CloversBad luck(or news) comes in 3'sKnocking on Wood
CA33.40Beginner's LuckBad luck(or news) comes in 3'sCrossing fingers/toes
CO30.99Beginner's LuckBad luck(or news) comes in 3'sKnocking on Wood
CT51.66Beginner's LuckBad luck(or news) comes in 3'sKnocking on Wood
FL59.24Beginner's LuckBad luck(or news) comes in 3'sKnocking on Wood
GA45.19Beginner's LuckBad luck(or news) comes in 3'sKnocking on Wood
ID41.8Lucky NumbersBad luck(or news) comes in 3'sKnocking on Wood
IL41.90Lucky NumbersBreaking a MirrorKnocking on Wood
IN36.39Lucky NumbersBad luck(or news) comes in 3'sKnocking on Wood
IA43.39Beginner's LuckBad luck(or news) comes in 3'sKnocking on Wood
KS41.06Lucky NumbersBad luck(or news) comes in 3'sKnocking on Wood
KY61.24Four-leaf CloversBad luck(or news) comes in 3'sKnocking on Wood
LA61.32Four-leaf CloversBad luck(or news) comes in 3'sWishing on a star
ME39.05Lucky NumbersBad luck(or news) comes in 3'sKnocking on Wood
MD28.59Beginner's LuckBreaking a MirrorKnocking on Wood
MA40.03Four-leaf CloversBreaking a MirrorKnocking on Wood
MI33.78Beginner's LuckBreaking a MirrorKnocking on Wood
MN35.06Beginner's LuckBreaking a MirrorKnocking on Wood
MS63.72Beginner's LuckBad luck(or news) comes in 3'sKnocking on Wood
MO53.31Beginner's LuckBad luck(or news) comes in 3'sKnocking on Wood
NE60.94Beginner's LuckBad luck(or news) comes in 3'sKnocking on Wood
NV59.13Lucky NumbersBreaking a MirrorKnocking on Wood
NH55.01Beginner's LuckBad luck(or news) comes in 3'sKnocking on Wood
NJ57.25Beginner's LuckBad luck(or news) comes in 3'sKnocking on Wood
NM42.22Beginner's LuckBad luck(or news) comes in 3'sWishing on a star
NY55.19Lucky NumbersBreaking a MirrorKnocking on Wood
NC45.03Four-leaf CloversBad luck(or news) comes in 3'sKnocking on Wood
OH47.79Four-leaf CloversBad luck(or news) comes in 3'sWishing on a star
OK68.52Lucky NumbersBad luck(or news) comes in 3'sKnocking on Wood
OR37.53Beginner's LuckBad luck(or news) comes in 3'sKnocking on Wood
PA54.29Four-leaf CloversBad luck(or news) comes in 3'sKnocking on Wood
RI63.34Beginner's LuckBreaking a MirrorKnocking on Wood
SC67.07Lucky NumbersBad luck(or news) comes in 3'sKnocking on Wood
TN50.70Four-leaf CloversBreaking a MirrorKnocking on Wood
TX73.96Four-leaf CloversBreaking a MirrorKnocking on Wood
UT36.74Beginner's LuckBad luck(or news) comes in 3'sWishing on astar
VA53.40Beginner's LuckBad luck(or news) comes in 3'sCrossing fingers/toes
WA31.76Beginner's LuckBad luck(or news) comes in 3'sWishing on a star
WV63.67Four-leaf CloversBreaking a MirrorKnocking on Wood
WI37.40Beginner's LuckBad luck(or news) comes in 3'sKnocking on Wood

It turns out that Texas takes its superstitions very seriously. With a superstition score of 73.96 out of 100, the Lone Star State earned the title of “Most Superstitious.” According to Texans, finding a four-leaf clover is the ultimate lucky charm in Texas. But, let’s be real, who wouldn’t feel lucky stumbling upon one of those elusive little leaves? Beyond that, 65% of Texans will knock on wood to ward off a jinx and 47% will cross their fingers for good luck.

Oklahoma came in as the second most superstitious state, with a score of 68.5 out of 100. Residents in the Sooner State believe in lucky numbers more than any other common good luck charm. Their superstition score was helped thanks to the relatively large number of Oklahomans who believe wishing on star works (45%) and finding a heads-up penny is a good omen (43%).

With so many superstitious fans on both sides of the divide, it’s no wonder that those red river rivalries heat up so much. The unseen forces fans put out are having a battle of their own! Meanwhile, Maryland seems to be a state of realists. Its superstition score of 28.59 comes in as the lowest in the country making it the “Least Superstitious State.” Maybe the good people of Maryland just believe in creating their own luck!

Colorado and Washington are the second and third least superstitious states, respectively. While Washingtonians might not carry around a lucky rabbit’s foot, half of them believe that wishing on a star works from time to time. Similarly, over half of our respondents in Colorado will knock on wood to reverse a jinx and turn a bad day around.

Superstitious Sports Fans: By the Numbers

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When it comes to cheering on their favorite teams, few are more superstitious than sports fanatics. Many sports fans believe that certain actions or phrases can directly impact the outcome of a game. For instance, over half of the sports fans we surveyed (58%) say they grimace whenever the announcer remarks on how well their team is doing out of fear that it will jinx their team’s chances of winning. Similarly, over four in ten baseball fans (45%) think an announcer talking about a no-hitter will jinx the pitcher throwing it– talk about shooting the messenger!

For many fans, winning is a team effort on and off the court, as some superstitious sports fans feel a sense of responsibility for the outcome of the game. Three in ten sports fans (30%) feel responsible for their teams losing when they don’t follow their pre-game rituals, while one in four (26%) will even condemn other fans for losses if they didn’t participate with them.

Sports fans may even take one for the team by putting their own enjoyment of the game aside if they believe their superstitious behavior can impact the game. For example, nearly one-third (32%) will stop watching the game altogether if their team scores when they’re away from the action. This highlights the extent to which superstitious beliefs can impact how fans engage with the game and the lengths they will go to secure their team’s victory.

Superstitious Sports Fans: By the Numbers

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When it comes to cheering on their favorite teams, few are more superstitious than sports fanatics. Many sports fans believe that certain actions or phrases can directly impact the outcome of a game. For instance, over half of the sports fans we surveyed (58%) say they grimace whenever the announcer remarks on how well their team is doing out of fear that it will jinx their team’s chances of winning. Similarly, over four in ten baseball fans (45%) think an announcer talking about a no-hitter will jinx the pitcher throwing it– talk about shooting the messenger!

For many fans, winning is a team effort on and off the court, as some superstitious sports fans feel a sense of responsibility for the outcome of the game. Three in ten sports fans (30%) feel responsible for their teams losing when they don’t follow their pre-game rituals, while one in four (26%) will even condemn other fans for losses if they didn’t participate with them.

Sports fans may even take one for the team by putting their own enjoyment of the game aside if they believe their superstitious behavior can impact the game. For example, nearly one-third (32%) will stop watching the game altogether if their team scores when they’re away from the action. This highlights the extent to which superstitious beliefs can impact how fans engage with the game and the lengths they will go to secure their team’s victory.

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