Healing tops time travel on Canadian superpower list

Thu Sep 18, 2008 6:01pm EDT
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By Irene Kuan

TORONTO (Reuters Life!) - Flying, telepathy, or healing powers? If Canadians could select from a list of superpowers, many would opt to be able to heal themselves, according to a new poll.

Forty-five percent of more than 1000 people questioned in an online poll picked healing as their top superpower, compared to 25 percent who wanted to time travel, 15 percent who selected telepathy, 10 percent who would prefer to fly and five percent who wanted to steal the powers of other people.

"No matter what your status in society is, no matter how much money you make, no matter what your age, we're all human, we're all going to come to an end at some point," said Sean Simpson, of Ipsos Reid, which conducted the survey for Global Television.

"It brings a sense of stability to one's life to know that if something unexpected were to happen to you health wise, you can just snap your fingers and it would all be better," he said in an interview.

The poll was done ahead of the third season of the TV series "Heroes," in which humans possess superpowers.

In the poll women were more likely to want to heal themselves than men, as were older Canadians.

The survey also showed that one in four Canadians would pick the ability to time travel with 30 percent of younger Canadians putting this power at the top of their list. Only 15 percent of older Canadians opted for this ability as did 30 percent of middle-aged Canadians.

"The ability to time travel is interesting because these are younger Canadians who have just come out of school. There's a whole bunch of things they just don't know and maybe they can go into the future to figure out what life has in store for them," said Simpson.

(Reporting by Irene Kuan; Editing by Patricia Reaney)

<p>Actors Masi Oka (L) and Milo Ventimiglia, stars of the TV series "Heroes", pose as they arrive for the Paley Center for Media Los Angeles Gala honoring NBC's Jeff Zucker and Dick Ebersol in Los Angeles November 12, 2007. REUTERS/Fred Prouser</p>