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Conspiracy theories Americans believe today

If you don't believe in the New World Order, well, maybe you're one of the lizard people.

By Rich_Maloof Apr 3, 2013 4:59PM

It’s been said that we all have a fear of the unknown. Sometimes, learning what others fear is even scarier.

A national poll conducted last week reveals what many of your fellow Americans think about widespread conspiracy theories. Public Policy Polling, a young company founded by a Democratic businessman, surveyed 1,247 registered voters on conspiracy theories covering a range of topics, including Bigfoot, mind-control technology used by the media and whether a species of shape-shifting reptilian people control our world by assuming human form.

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We think a portion of those polled are just plain nuts. Then again, maybe we’re part of the conspiracy.

• Fourteen percent of voters polled say the CIA was instrumental in creating the crack cocaine epidemic in America’s inner cities in the 1980s.

• Four percent of voters say they believe “lizard people” control society by gaining political power.

• Fourteen percent of voters believe in Bigfoot.

• Fifteen percent of voters — the so-called “tinfoil hat” contingent — say the government or the media adds mind-controlling technology to TV broadcast signals.

• Nine percent of voters think the government adds fluoride to our water supply for sinister reasons rather than for dental health.

• Five percent believe exhaust seen in the sky behind airplanes is actually chemicals sprayed by the government for sinister reasons.

• Fifteen percent of voters think the pharmaceutical and medical industries “invent” new diseases to make money.

The poll, conducted at the end of March, also showed a sharp partisan divide on issues such as global warming, the Bush administration’s promotion of the Iraq War and whether President Barack Obama is the Antichrist. Even issues that are not as politically loaded found Republicans and Democrats at odds.

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• Twenty-one percent of voters say a UFO crashed in Roswell, N.M., in 1947 and the U.S. government covered it up. More of the Romney voters polled (27%) than Obama voters (16%) believe in a UFO coverup.

• Forty-four percent of those polled believe the Bush administration intentionally misled the public about weapons of mass destruction to promote the Iraq War, while 45 percent disagree. Slightly more Republicans (73%) than Democrats (72%) disagreed with the statement.

• Fifty-eight percent of Republicans agree that global warming is a hoax. Seventy-seven percent of Democrats disagree.

• Twenty-eight percent of voters believe that a secretive power elite with a globalist agenda is conspiring to eventually rule the world through an authoritarian world government, or New World Order. More Republicans (34%) and independents (35%) polled believe in the New World Order than Democrats (15%).
All data come from the Public Policy Polling. Tip of the hat to HyperVocal for flagging the poll.

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