Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Conspiracy Poll Explains Some Things

A new national poll on conspiracy theories might just help support the theory that the whole country's going mad.

Conspiracy Poll Explains Some Things

A billboard ordered and paid for by the North Iowa Tea Party shows President Barack Obama, Adolf Hitler, left and Vladimir Lenin, on South Federal Avenue in Mason City, Iowa, July 12, 2010. (AP Photo/Globe Gazette, Deb Nicklay)
A billboard ordered and paid for by the North Iowa Tea Party shows President Barack Obama, Adolf Hitler, left and Vladimir Lenin, on South Federal Avenue in Mason City, Iowa, July 12, 2010. (AP Photo/Globe Gazette, Deb Nicklay)

Okay, look, we all know there are lots of crazies out there but a new national poll might help support the theory that much of the country's gone mad.

Public Policy Polling out of Raleigh, N.C. just released findings of its poll on conspiracy theories and the findings go a long way to explaining the loopiness that seems to be afoot just about everywhere.

For example: 28% of respondents believe (and another 25% aren't sure) that there's a "secretive power elite with a globalist agenda" conspiring to "rule the world through an authoritative world government, or New World Order."

The poll says just 46% do not believe this.

Oh, boy.

Also, 13% believe (and another 13% aren't sure) that President Obama is the anti-Christ.

Here are more highlights:

-- 14% believe (and 30% aren't sure) that the CIA distributed crack cocaine to inner cities during the 1980's.

-- 15% believe (and another 15% aren't sure) that the media or government adds "mind-controlling technology" to television broadcast signals.

-- 15% believe (and another 16% aren't sure) that drug companies conspire with the medical industry to "invent" new diseases in order to make more money.

The poll also found large discrepancies between what Republicans and Democrats believe.

For example, 58% of Republicans say global warming is a hoax while 77% of Democrats disagree; 72% of Democrats believe the Bush administration intentionally misled America in order to go to war in Iraq while 73% of Republicans do not. And on that "New World Order" thing, 34% of Republicans and 35% of Independents believe in the threat compared to just 15% of Democrats.

The telephone poll was conducted last week. More than 1,200 registered voters were polled. The margin of error is plus or minus 2.8%. You can read it here.

All of this leads me to believe the nation's loopy factor is on an incremental rise. And I think there's a 20% chance we'll see congressional hearings on the matter before the New World Order kicks in.

Daily News Political Columnist
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John is the author of the book "On The Front Lines of Pennsylvania Politics: Twenty-Five Years of Keystone Reporting" (The History Press, 2012). Reach John at baerj@phillynews.com.

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