Extrapolating a really stupid poll about reptilian conspiracy

Well, the good news is that close to the same amount of people think Paul McCartney died and was secretly replaced in the Beatles in 1966, as believe in shape-shifting reptilian people controlling our world. That is JUST slightly less than moon landing denialists. Not bad, I’d say. We might just write off 4-7% of the population as delusional or who spend too much time on Above Top Secret website.

12 Million Americans Believe Lizard People Run Our Country – Philip Bump – The Atlantic Wire.

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?”

Here is the poll itself.

PPP surveyed 1,247 registered American voters from March 27th to 30th. The margin of error for the overall sample is +/-2.8%. Notice that in the Atlantic post they extrapolate the results. That may not be valid at all. Although… considering the oddball stuff people think it’s cool to believe, just because…

Also, the margin of error is about half that amount. So, out of that 1247 people, 35 people are a potential mistake. This poll overemphasizes the extremes in the data. While I think some people were telling the truth, there’s a chance 35 of them were just being goofy.

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  8 comments for “Extrapolating a really stupid poll about reptilian conspiracy

  1. spookyparadigm
    April 2, 2013 at 10:44 PM

    Many of those Reptilian beliefs, I suspect, are more widely held than that except that they’re called demonic. The two blend together nearly imperceptibly. It’s probably not dramatically higher, but this is likely a case of a poll question not fitting the reality very well. Sort of the opposite of ‘do you believe in UFOs’

  2. April 2, 2013 at 11:10 PM

    Tell me your favorite conspiracy theory, and I’ll tell YOU your political affiliation ;)

  3. April 2, 2013 at 11:59 PM

    Get David Icke on the phone!

    I’m Anunnaki, BTW.

  4. April 3, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    Obviously, people believe anything that resolves their cognitive dissonance. While the reptilian elite thing is a stretch, it isn’t like it is unprecedented. It is about as possible as George W. Bush being keen enough to lead a conspiracy to knock downt the WTC in NYC.

    People see patterns and fill in the blanks. Drugs help make these patterns “easier to see”. Go figure.

  5. April 4, 2013 at 1:07 PM

    Well why WOULDN’T you distrust government? I’m not saying that conspiracy theories are valid or helpful, but if you think that central government can act in the best interest of the individual, you’re delusional.

    People do believe some weird crap though. It’s because they WANT to believe. :-)

    • April 4, 2013 at 2:57 PM

      Mistaken assumption. The government is made of people. To assume they are conspiring to do wrong is also a mistake.

      Governmental bodies are big and errors and bad decisions happen. But don’t say distrust. Trust but verify.

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