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New poll tackles conspiracy theories

29% believe that aliens are out there. (drawing by Riley Martin) 29% believe that aliens are out there. (drawing by Riley Martin)
14% say Sasquatches exist 14% say Sasquatches exist

Do you believe in aliens?

What about global warming?

Are the lizard people inside the CIA using President Obama's best friend Sasquatch to let aliens know it's time to spray chem trails to poison children and bring about a new world order?

Public Policy Polling asked people what they thought about 20 of the Internet's most famous conspiracy theories, and the results might be a little surprising. Over 1,200 people from across the US were asked to rate their feelings on the plots.

Some of the conspiracies had rather high numbers of supporters : 

51% see a conspiracy in the Kennedy killing (25% believe Oswald acted alone)
Did George W. Bush intentionally lie about WMD's in Iraq? 44% agree.
37% believe global warming is a money making hoax.
Is the truth out there? 29% want to believe in aliens.
Is there a secret group of elites controlling the world? 28% wouldn't be surprised.

And other conspiracies don't have a lot of people convinced : 

88% do not think that shape shifting reptilians control our world. 7% aren't sure, and 4% say it's true.
Did the "real" Paul McCartney die in 1966? Only 5% hear that in the Beatles hidden messages.
6% think Osama bin Laden is still alive.
7% doubt the moon landing's authenticity.
9% think the government (or someone else) is putting something other than fluoride in the water.
And 13% believe President Obama is the Anti-Christ.


"Even crazy conspiracy theories are subject to partisan polarization, especially when there are political overtones involved," said Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling. "But most Americans reject the wackier ideas out there about fake moon landings and shape-shifting lizards." 


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