University Poll Shows that Most Americans are Conspiracy Theorists
A fascinating survey recently conducted by Fairleigh Dickinson University shows that while mainstream media likes to portray “conspiracy theorists” as fringe thinkers, the reality is that many… if not MOST Americans buy into some level of Conspiracy theory.
According to the http://www.downgaa.net/, it was revealed that in a nationwide survey of registered voters, 56 percent of Democrats and 75 percent of Republicans say that at least one of four presented conspiracy theories is likely true. The theories that they were given as options are as follows:
1. President Obama is hiding information about his background and early life (36% of those polled believe this is true)
2. The Government has advanced knowledge about the events of September 11, 2001 (25% believe this is true)
3. President Bush’s supporters committed significant voter fraud in order to win Ohio in 2004 (23% think this is true)
4. President Obama’s supporters committed significant voter fraud in the 2012 presidential election (20% believe this is true)
Ultimately, the results show that over 2/3 of the American voting public buys into at least one of these major conspiracies and as a result, one can assume that they are likely to believe others that the poll did not include.
I found it somewhat interesting that the headline of the poll results page reads as follows:
CONSPIRACY THEORIES PROSPER:
25% OF AMERICANS ARE “TRUTHERS”
Isn’t that odd? Of all of the information provided by the poll, that is the info they decided to highlight.
I think one unfortunate item revealed within the survey results is that those who conducted the survey entered into it with bias against the possibility of these theories being true. The evidence is in several quotes by Dan Cassino, a professor of political science at Fairleigh Dickinson University and an analyst for the poll. In one instance, he’s quoted as saying (in reference to the poll results showing that the more informed a Republican is on current events, the more likely he is to believe a conspiracy theory), “It could be that more conspiracy-minded Republicans seek out more information, or that the information some Republicans seek out just tends to reinforce these myths.” (Emphasis mine)
Obviously, there is a big difference between a theory and a myth, but perhaps I’m being nitpicky.
In any case, I expect that this is all very good news for those in the tinfoil headgear industry.