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A question for the mages in the audience

Some back-and-forth over at a friend's journal got me very curious about this. It's pretty self-explanatory, I hope, so I'll just cut to the chase:

Poll #154747 Past-life scatter

Of the (here-incarnate) people who you know in this life, how many of them are people you've encountered in a past life?

I don't believe in past lives.
11(19.3%)
I believe in (or am open to the possibility of) past lives, but I don't know how to explore them.
16(28.1%)
I honestly haven't found any. (Yet?)
14(24.6%)
A genuinely tiny number. One or two or five.
10(17.5%)
A small but recognizable fraction -- few enough so that it's still remarkable when a friend and I confirm that we've previously known each other.
2(3.5%)
A meaningful fraction scattered across my relationships close and distant, enough so that it doesn't surprise me if I suddenly learn a new friend is an old one.
1(1.8%)
Over half of the people I know closely, enough to make me think we travel or incarnate in clusters and drift back together.
3(5.3%)
The commanding majority of the people I know closely, and far too many of the people I meet at random.
0(0.0%)
Well-nigh everyone. I'm stuck in the spiral. Help!
0(0.0%)

Of the people who played memorable or significant roles in the past lives you've explored, how many of them have you met again here?

I said, I don't believe in past lives! Stop being spooky at me!
10(17.9%)
I'll let you know IF YOU SHOW ME HOW TO EXPLORE PAST LIVES (hint, hint!)
17(30.4%)
None. (Yet.) Maybe I made a clean break to come here.
14(25.0%)
A tiny handful -- I have no clue where the rest have gotten to.
6(10.7%)
A tiny handful -- too bloody many of them are incarnate elsewhere or disincarnate! :P
2(3.6%)
A small but recognizable fraction -- some links to ground me to who I am, but I'm largely exploring different paths in this lifetime.
2(3.6%)
A meaningful fraction -- maybe hints to the lessons I need to learn this time around, or what was left unresolved?
3(5.4%)
A majority -- I'm running in the same circles I used to, for sure.
1(1.8%)
The few that haven't yet are probably going to in the near future.
0(0.0%)
Trick question: If someone shows up again here in this lifetime, by definition they played a 'significant' role beforehand.
1(1.8%)


(Clarification: In the second question, "Met again here" refers only to people incarnate here on Earth. Not spirits or folks visited via astral travel. -B)

Statistics, of course, prove nothing, and this sort of non-rigorous statistic even less so; but I haven't talked to practically anyone about these sorts of demographics, and I'm curious to see even what a spot poll suggests. Discussion of the poll answers might prove equally interesting.

(Please refrain from talk in the comments questioning the validity of the whole past-life thing; it's a fair cop, but not what I'm looking for here. If you think such a discussion is necessary, start one in your own journal or forum and link to it in a comment. This post is a Woo-Woo Safety Zone, albeit an entirely public one.)
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