Sixty-three percent of registered voters in the U.S. buy into at least one political conspiracy theory, according to results from a recent Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMindPoll. The nationwide survey of registered voters asked Americans to evaluate four different political conspiracy theories: 56 percent of Democrats and 75 percent of Republicans say that atleast one is likely true. This includes 36 percent who think that President Obama is hidinginformation about his background and early life, 25 percent who think that the government knewabout 9/11 in advance, and 19 percent who think the 2012 Presidential election was stolen.Generally, the more people know about current events, the less likely they are to believe inconspiracy theories – but not among Republicans, where more knowledge leads to greater belief in political conspiracies.
The reasoning for people believing in these wacky theories is that they are discussed so often must be something to it! How do we combat that? By saying that they are wacky theories without a shred of credibility. Say it enough and people might think there is something to it. But it’s important to see that it’s not just Republicans buying into this and not JUST about Obama.
I liked this quote:
“These beliefs in election fraud pop up after every election,” said Cassino. “Americanstend to be politically isolated, and some can’t fathom that there are people who actually voted for the other guy, so the only way he could have won is through cheating.”
People who feel disenfranchised often resort to conspiracies as viable beliefs. 814 people were surveyed by telephone nationwide from December 10 through December 16, 2012. It appears this gives us a decent cross section of America.
Tip: DJ Grothe