Also, Lizard people.

DrB-

The last one is my favorite:

“…..”Do you believe that shape-shifting reptilian people control our world by taking on human form and gaining political power to manipulate our societies, or not?” ….”

Those 12,556,562 people who believe that alien lizards control politics? They vote….possibly for lizard people.

http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/pdf/2011/PPP_Release_National_ConspiracyTheories_040213.pdf


 

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  • http://www.lxndr.com Lxndr

    Wait. “Bush intentionally misled on WMDs” is a conspiracy theory? I thought that was relatively well-grounded. (I’m happy to concede the point, but I swear that’s the only thing in this list that I was under the impression was true).

    • invivoMark

      To be fair, “aliens exist” is probably true as well. And airplane contrails are indeed made of the sinister chemical dihydrogen monoxide.

  • http://www.thelosersleague.com The_Schwa

    Wait, no crab people? A conspiracy conspiracy!!!

  • baal

    People believe weird shit*. I, for one, would welcome our lizard overlords. Limited fore brain development means they’d be very consistent.

    *Hence skepticism. Of course, if you go full scientist, there is a less of a need to train skepticism. More education also helps; when you know real things about the real world, it helps you filter out bad heuristics ( like groups are out to get you, it’s usually just single people).

  • http://grumpyantitheist.blogspot.com The grumpy antitheist

    One thing I’m curious about is why there are so many of these very disparate beliefs that are falling in the same figures. About the same number believe in chemtrails as believe that Paul McCartney is dead. Wonder how many believe that Elvis is still alive.

    You would have expected more overlap between groups like vaccine-autism and medicine-creates-new-diseases. Both are centered on fear and distrust of the same industry.

  • Glodson

    David Icke and his ilk are the 4%?

  • Christopher Stephens

    For bonus laughs, click through and take a look at how the believers in various conspiracy theories break down by support of either Obama or Romney in 2012.

    A lot of the specific theories you could predict, like relatively few (though still bizarrely and distressingly many) Obama supporters think that global warming is a hoax, compared to a solid majority of Romney supporters. Others surprised me, though. Like 19% of Obama supporters believe that vaccines cause Autism, while 22% of Romney supporters do. Stupidly high in both cases, but I had thought that this particular line of bullshit was primarily a left-wing idiocy.

    • Glodson

      I imagine the Autism thing still stems form that bastard Wakefield. The media reported his findings quickly enough, but were rather hesitant to report the findings of fraud and criticism.

      I am distressed the number of people is so high, but I am grateful it isn’t higher. Lots of people have been fighting against this anti-vax nonsense well.

      • invivoMark

        CNN was all over Andy’s demise: http://topics.cnn.com/topics/andrew_wakefield

        Anderson Cooper even pwned him gloriously in a live interview.

        • Glodson

          I don’t remember that being the norm, given the depth of the coverage given when the story first broke. And it was sat on for years. The damage was done, and then hardly undone.

          Worse, it has several really stupid celebrities on that bandwagon.

    • StillAwake

      The *best* one is that 5% of people who voted for Obama think that he is the anti-christ.
      I keep re-reading it trying to figure out if I’m somehow getting confused reading the table, but that’s what it seems to say…?

      • http://anthrozine.com Cubist

        The Obama voters who think Obama is the antiChrist might be Satanists. They might also take the view that since the Bible plainly says that the Antichrist is going to take control, voting for the Antichrist is just part of God’s plan for the world. Or something like that.

        • Glodson

          Or it could be people fucking with the poll. That happens too.

  • Colin

    The only quibble I have is that I’m pretty sure some form of alien life does exist, given the size of the universe and such. Maybe it’s just alien bacteria or whatever, but it’s probably there. Maybe the actual question was about aliens visiting Earth or something…

    These are all pretty terrifying numbers, though, considering the margins elections are decided by.

  • Volizden

    Aliens Exist? That is really too general a statement. Of course aliens Exist, But do Aliens Exist on this Planet? Well I know a Jesus how is deffinately alien ROFLMAO.

    Seriously though, Aliens Exist? Granted we have no solid evidence for ET, but Alien life in teh universe ABSOLUTELY. Visiting, eh, occasion bacteria on an asteroid? maybe.

    • http://boldquestions.wordpress.com Ubi Dubium

      Jesus isn’t an alien. He’s definitely a Lich. Totally different.

      • Glodson

        Where is the phylactery of Jesus?

        • http://gamesgirlsgods.blogspot.com/ M

          It was his shroud, duh. But then someone painted on it and it lost its ability to regenerate him.

          • Nate Frein

            This whole chain of comments just made me squee.

          • Glodson

            Well, it is just as well. The only epic weapon I have is my sarcasm.

          • http://gamesgirlsgods.blogspot.com/ M

            <3 D&D nerds.

          • Glodson

            I’ve not played in years. Hell, my daughter has laid claim to my dice. She’s still too young to know what they are, but she likes to pretend to be a zombie hunting princess with a sword, so it is only a matter of time.

          • Nate Frein

            I’ve recently started playing Pathfinder with friends on Roll20.net.

            It’s a very pleasant change from MMORPGs.

          • Stogoe

            I have stayed away from Pathfinder, because it seems to celebrate the worst excesses of 3e. And also because I largely agree with the design goals of 4e. Is Pathfinder really as bad as I fear regarding the linear figher/quadratic wizard problem?

          • Zed

            I tend to say away from D&D in general. Not because I don’t like role-playing, but because I have come to dislike the system and setting.

            Now, Cthulhutech and Mystic Empyrean… <3

          • http://gamesgirlsgods.blogspot.com M

            @Stogoe: Nope. One of the things Pathfinder did right, IMO, was significantly narrow the power gap between high-level melee/physical and high-level casters. You definitely still want both in a party, but the fighter-type isn’t completely outclassed at level 15+ anymore either.

  • Das Boese

    “Bush intentionally misled on Iraq WMDs”
    “The government allowed 9/11″

    I seriously hope they put those two in there as some sort of control questions…

  • Aliasalpha

    JFK killed by a conspiracy? Haven’t these people seen the Zapruder film? He was clearly killed by a bullet

  • Stogoe

    I misread one of those as Florida is Dangerous. Which I tend to agree with.

  • John Horstman

    A few things (seconding those mentioned by others):
    The Bush administration claimed that they were certain that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction when they (clearly) did not have definite evidence. Good statistical models suggest that extraterrestrial aliens almost certainly exist, and just as certainly have not visited earth (vast distances, slow travel). And depending on how we draw the bounds of “medical industry”, we may very well say that they create diseases, as in bio-weapons.


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