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.
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.