• 12 Million Americans Believe Lizard People Run Our Country (US, that is)

    I have spoken a little bit on conspiracy theories here. This, however, is a shocking indictment, if accurate, on the gullibility of modern US citizens. I think the media may have a lot to answer for with this, as conspiracies are perpetuated and given credibility. Here is ana article from The Atlantic reporting PPP survey results:

    About 90 million Americans believe aliens exist. Some 66 million of us think aliens landed at Roswell in 1948. These are the things you learn when there’s a lull in political news and pollsters get to ask whatever questions they want.Public Policy Polling has raised weird polls to an art form. During last year’s presidential campaign, the firm earned a bit of a reputation for its unorthodox questions; for example, “If God exists, do you approve of its handling of natural disasters?”Today PPP released the results of a national survey looking at common conspiracy theories. Broken down by topic and cross-referenced by political preference, the results will not inspire a lot of patriotism. If you need to defend your fellow countrymen, be sure to note that the margin of error is 2.8 percent.We took the findings and arranged them from most- to least-believed. And, just to inspire additional shame, figured out how many actual Americans that meant must believe in things like the danger of fluoride in water. (28 million, if you’re wondering.)View the full question asked for each conspiracy.

    Conspiracy Percent believing Number of Americans believing
    JFK was killed by conspiracy 51 percent 160,096,160
    Bush intentionally misled on Iraq WMDs 44 percent 138,122,178
    Global warming is a hoax 37 percent 116,148,195
    Aliens exist 29 percent 91,035,072
    New World Order 28 percent 87,895,931
    Hussein was involved in 9/11 28 percent 87,895,931
    A UFO crashed at Roswell 21 percent 65,921,948
    Vaccines are linked to autism 20 percent 62,782,808
    The government controls minds with TV 15 percent 47,087,106
    Medical industry invents diseases 15 percent 47,087,106
    CIA developed crack 14 percent 43,947,966
    Bigfoot exists 14 percent 43,947,966
    Obama is the Antichrist 13 percent 40,808,825
    The government allowed 9/11 11 percent 34,530,544
    Fluoride is dangerous 9 percent 28,252,264
    The moon landing was faked 7 percent 21,973,983
    Bin Laden is alive 6 percent 18,834,842
    Airplane contrails are sinister chemicals 5 percent 15,695,702
    McCartney died in 1966 5 percent 15,695,702
    Lizard people control politics 4 percent 12,556,562

    Just to further inspire conversation, PPP broke down belief in each theory by whom the respondent supported in the 2012 election. This yielded some genuinely interesting results.

    Conspiracy beliefObamaRomney0204060Global warming is a hoaxBin Laden is aliveA UFO crashed at RoswellNew World OrderHussein was involved in 9/11Vaccines are linked to autismThe moon landing was fakedObama is the AntichristBush intentionally misled on Ira…Aliens existCIA developed crackFluoride is dangerousLizard people control politicsJFK was killed by conspiracyBigfoot existsThe government controls minds …Airplane contrails are sinister ch…Medical industry invents diseasesMcCartney died in 1966The government allowed 9/11percent believing

     For example, only three conspiracies were more commonly believed by Obama supporters: that Bush intentionally misled America about Iraq’s WMDs (a massive 69 percent of his supporters believe that one), that the CIA launched the crack epidemic, and that the moon landing was faked. There are two theories with equal support among Obama and Romney supporters: that aliens exist and the one about fluoridation. Everything else, from lizard people to vaccines and autism to global warming being a hoax? Believed by more Romney supporters.

    No conspiracy was less commonly believed than one suggesting that the government is populated by lizard people. But that’s mostly because only 2 percent of Obama supporters believe the theory while 5 percent of Romney supporters do.


    Category: PoliticsSkepticism


    Article by: Jonathan MS Pearce