From PPP, with my thoughts interspersed in blue.
On our national poll this week we took the opportunity to poll 20 widespread and/or infamous conspiracy theories. Many of these theories are well known to the public, others perhaps to just the darker corners of the internet. Here’s what we found:
37% of voters believe global warming is a hoax, 51% do not. Republicans say global warming is a hoax by a 58-25 margin, Democrats disagree 11-77, and Independents are more split at 41-51. 61% of Romney voters believe global warming is a hoax
Hoax? No. But the question is how to address it without tanking the economy.
6% of voters believe Osama bin Laden is still alive
He'd be on TV, people
21% of voters say a UFO crashed in Roswell, NM in 1947 and the US government covered it up. More Romney voters (27%) than Obama voters (16%) believe in a UFO coverup
The truth is out there.
28% of voters believe secretive power elite with a globalist agenda is conspiring to eventually rule the world through an authoritarian world government, or New World Order. A plurality of Romney voters (38%) believe in the New World Order compared to 35% who don’t
Where do I go to sign up as a member of the NWO?
28% of voters believe Saddam Hussein was involved in the 9/11 attacks. 36% of Romney voters believe Saddam Hussein was involved in 9/11, 41% do not
20% of voters believe there is a link between childhood vaccines and autism, 51% do not
The 20% are dangerous luddites, who could lead to a resurgence in childhood disease epidemics if they don't vaccinate their kids.
7% of voters think the moon landing was faked
Only 7% of voters are complete morons it seems
13% of voters think Barack Obama is the anti-Christ, including 22% of Romney voters
I thought the antichrist was supposed to be a EU bureaucrat. Or Gorbachev. Or the Pope. In any event, if I understand the prevailing eschatology, the antichrist is going to have a lot higher polling numbers than Obama.
Voters are split 44%-45% on whether Bush intentionally misled about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. 72% of Democrats think Bush lied about WMDs, Independents agree 48-45, just 13% of Republicans think so
I think Bush deluded himself into believing it, so as to justify the war in his own mind
29% of voters believe aliens exist
If by exist you mean that somewhere in the immense universe there is at least one other planet with intelligent life, then this is a virtually certainty. If by exist you mean they're coming to earth and abducting rednecks for extended anal probing sessions, that's nutbag territory.
14% of voters say the CIA was instrumental in creating the crack cocaine epidemic in America’s inner cities in the 1980’s
A deliberate CIA plot? No. At least in part, an unintended consequences of stupid government policies? Yes.
9% of voters think the government adds fluoride to our water supply for sinister reasons (not just dental health)
Isn't dental health sinister enough?
4% of voters say they believe “lizard people” control our societies by gaining political power
Democrats are not lizards. (I think.)
51% of voters say a larger conspiracy was at work in the JFK assassination, just 25% say Oswald acted alone
I'm prepared to believe that the full truth has never come out.
14% of voters believe in Bigfoot
What's the correlation between believing in Bigfoot and Nessie?
15% of voters say the government or the media adds mind-controlling technology to TV broadcast signals (the so-called Tinfoil Hat crowd)
No mind controlling technology. Just left-liberal propaganda.
5% believe exhaust seen in the sky behind airplanes is actually chemicals sprayed by the government for sinister reasons
I worry more about blue ice
15% of voters think the medical industry and the pharmaceutical industry “invent” new diseases to make money
Invent new diseases? No. But have you noticed how they keep changing their advice. Salt's bad, but then it's okay. Eggs are evil, but then they're good for you.
Just 5% of voters believe that Paul McCartney actually died in 1966
Just his creative abilities
11% of voters believe the US government allowed 9/11 to happen, 78% do not agree
Define allowed. If by it you mean stupid policies that encouraged Islamic extremism, that kept intelligence agencies from cooperating, that made false asssumptions, that eliminated human intel capabilities, you've got a point. If by allowed, you mean to imply intentionality, go get your tin hat.