Whether or not you believe in any of the popular conspiracy theories, it is useful to know how many people do.
Witnessing a protest downtown Portland recently, I was struck by how many differing beliefs there must have been in the crowd. I saw a friend of mine, an extremely kind person who is passionate about helping people and the environment. I also say a couple guys holding a giant banner that said, “Peace is another word for Death. Give Violence a chance!” Even people marching in the same crowd had hugely varying beliefs and motivations.
I think the same thing when I see the popularity of Donald Trump. The guy makes him self out to be an opponent to “the system”- but what does that mean? To some it means a political system that is proportionately dominated by wealthy people. To others, it means the people in the US government that are responsible for 9/11, or even Lizard People.
Whatever you believe, get informed on what other believe in. You may that what you disagree upon is something different that what is being discussed, and that if you believed what others believed, you might be behaving similarly to them. When you know what beliefs are supporting your differing opinions, you can examine your beliefs together, and help each other find the truth.
My Opinion: If our government wants the unified support of it’s people, it should take intense responsibility for addressing the conspiracies it’s been accused of.
I could see how a reasonable politician wouldn’t want to make time for this discussion, even if they could prove the conspiracies to be false.
It’s also possible that some politicians are more interested in having the freedom to rule than they are in having unified support, so they’d rather leave people disenfranchised and out of their hair.
It’s also possible that the amount of actual corruption, like the power of the military-industrial complex Eisenhower warned us about, or the impending conflicts caused by environmental destruction and resource depletion, is hidden behind the conspiracies- that the people who know something is wrong are thrown off course and no longer able to convince others to demand answers.
Here’s the Article
Conspiracy Theory Poll Results
On our national poll this week we took the opportunity to poll 20 widespread and/or infamous conspiracy theories. Many of these theories are well known to the public, others perhaps to just the darker corners of the internet. Here’s what we found:
– 37% of voters believe global warming is a hoax, 51% do not. Republicans say global warming is a hoax by a 58-25 margin, Democrats disagree 11-77, and Independents are more split at 41-51. 61% of Romney voters believe global warming is a hoax
– 6% of voters believe Osama bin Laden is still alive
– 21% of voters say a UFO crashed in Roswell, NM in 1947 and the US government covered it up. More Romney voters (27%) than Obama voters (16%) believe in a UFO coverup
– 28% of voters believe secretive power elite with a globalist agenda is conspiring to eventually rule the world through an authoritarian world government, or New World Order. A plurality of Romney voters (38%) believe in the New World Order compared to 35% who don’t
– 28% of voters believe Saddam Hussein was involved in the 9/11 attacks. 36% of Romney voters believe Saddam Hussein was involved in 9/11, 41% do not
– 20% of voters believe there is a link between childhood vaccines and autism, 51% do not
– 7% of voters think the moon landing was faked
– 13% of voters think Barack Obama is the anti-Christ, including 22% of Romney voters
– Voters are split 44%-45% on whether Bush intentionally misled about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. 72% of Democrats think Bush lied about WMDs, Independents agree 48-45, just 13% of Republicans think so
– 29% of voters believe aliens exist
– 14% of voters say the CIA was instrumental in creating the crack cocaine epidemic in America’s inner cities in the 1980’s
– 9% of voters think the government adds fluoride to our water supply for sinister reasons (not just dental health)
– 4% of voters say they believe “lizard people” control our societies by gaining political power
– 51% of voters say a larger conspiracy was at work in the JFK assassination, just 25% say Oswald acted alone
– 14% of voters believe in Bigfoot
– 15% of voters say the government or the media adds mind-controlling technology to TV broadcast signals (the so-called Tinfoil Hat crowd)
– 5% believe exhaust seen in the sky behind airplanes is actually chemicals sprayed by the government for sinister reasons
– 15% of voters think the medical industry and the pharmaceutical industry “invent” new diseases to make money
– Just 5% of voters believe that Paul McCartney actually died in 1966
– 11% of voters believe the US government allowed 9/11 to happen, 78% do not agree