Believing in ghosts and little green men from outer space appears a touch easier than having faith in God, according to a survey.
The researchers found that while 54 per cent of us are convinced the Almighty exists, 58 per cent believe in the supernatural.
The findings, maybe somewhat unsurprisingly, have been issued to mark the DVD release of The X-Files: I Want to Believe. The film stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson who made the TV series such a success.
Have we met? A survey has found more people believe in supernatural activity than God
They play FBI agents who investigate cases which appear to have some unexplained, paranormal element.
The research put out to coincide with the DVD release also claimed women were more likely to believe in the supernatural than men, and were more likely to visit a medium.
Nearly a quarter of the 3,000 surveyed claimed they had had a paranormal encounter.
Some 37 per cent said aliens and ghosts were the basis of their belief system.
Earlier this year reports released by the National Archives detailed UFO sightings logged by the UK Government. These included a fisherman who described being taken on to a spacecraft - only to be rejected because of his age.
Another survey last year highlighted concern over declining moral standards - attributed chiefly to a retreat in religious beliefs.
David Duchovny as Fox Mulder and Gillian Anderson as Dr Dana Scully get to work in the X-Files film I Want To BelieveOriginal here