2/8: Holy Super Powers, Batman! Mind Reading and Time Travel Top List

February 8, 2011 by  
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Superman, Spider-Man, and Wonder Woman step aside!  Americans have their own super hero dreams!  The Marist Poll asked which super power U.S. residents would like to have, and they answered.  More than a quarter — 28% — report they would like to have the ability to read people’s minds, and the same proportion — 28% — say they would like to be able to time travel.  The ability to fly is the preference of 16% while 11% say they wish they could teleport.  10% pick invisibility, and 8% are unsure.



Mind reading tops the list of those in Gen X — 36% — and Americans in the Silent-Greatest generation — 28%.  The number one pick of Baby Boomers — 33% — is time travel.  Time travel and reading minds are closely matched among Millennials, receiving 26% and 25%, respectively.

35% of men wish they could travel through time while 30% of women would like to read people’s minds.

Table: Super Power Preference

Marist Poll Methodology


11 Responses to “2/8: Holy Super Powers, Batman! Mind Reading and Time Travel Top List”

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  2. dan on February 9th, 2011 12:12 pm

    love this. what does your choice tell you about you?

  3. Cisco2035 on February 9th, 2011 3:58 pm

    Thanks. I cover stories from the future but have not checked into mindreading. Will need to look into that. Interesting. Here is the status on other future topics.

    Time travel is tough although communicating back in time will be common. Teleportation will be technically possible but unfortunately not politically.

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  5. StephQJ on February 10th, 2011 10:24 am

    I just did a blog post about this exact topic last night. I hadn’t seen this study and was delighted when it popped up on HLN this morning!

  6. hairsalonknoxville on February 10th, 2011 11:19 am

    LOL! I would have 8 octopus arms so I could do hair color and hair cuts for 8 clients at the same time!

  7. Welder on February 10th, 2011 2:25 pm

    Do they have any super hero now !!

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  11. Super Mind Power on May 19th, 2011 8:20 am

    Everyone wants to become a super hero when they are growing up! Did you know that you had some sort of super mind power that will allow you to transform your life of mediocrity into a life filled with passion, abundance and excitement?

    Well, guess what? You do have that power. The key is learning how to tap into your super mind.

    Your mind is capable of feats that you can’t even imagine. To access your super mind power, you must open yourself to possibilities and believe in your unlimited potential. Belief is the key that unlocks the gate to your inner mind.

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