12 Million American's Believe that Lizard People Run Our Country

Yes, Obama is scary. He's probably the worst 2-term President in the history of the Presidency. But.. I'm also pretty confident that he isn't a lizard. However, 12 million Americans disagree... and 12 million people can't be wrong... right?

12 Million Americans Believe Lizard People Run Our Country

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PHILIP BUMP94,629 ViewsAPR 2, 2013
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?"
Today PPP released the results of a national survey looking at common conspiracy theories. Broken down by topic and cross-referenced by political preference, the results will not inspire a lot of patriotism. If you need to defend your fellow countrymen, be sure to note that the margin of error is 2.8 percent.
We took the findings and arranged them from most- to least-believed. And, just to inspire additional shame, figured out how many actual Americans that meant must believe in things like the danger of fluoride in water. (28 million, if you're wondering.)
View the full question asked for each conspiracy.
ConspiracyPercent believingNumber of Americans believing
JFK was killed by conspiracy51 percent160,096,160
Bush intentionally misled on Iraq WMDs44 percent138,122,178
Global warming is a hoax37 percent116,148,195
Aliens exist29 percent91,035,072
New World Order28 percent87,895,931
Hussein was involved in 9/1128 percent87,895,931
A UFO crashed at Roswell21 percent65,921,948
Vaccines are linked to autism20 percent62,782,808
The government controls minds with TV15 percent47,087,106
Medical industry invents diseases15 percent47,087,106
CIA developed crack14 percent43,947,966
Bigfoot exists14 percent43,947,966
Obama is the Antichrist13 percent40,808,825
The government allowed 9/1111 percent34,530,544
Fluoride is dangerous9 percent28,252,264
The moon landing was faked7 percent21,973,983
Bin Laden is alive6 percent18,834,842
Airplane contrails are sinister chemicals5 percent15,695,702
McCartney died in 19665 percent15,695,702
Lizard people control politics4 percent12,556,562

Just to further inspire conversation, PPP broke down belief in each theory by whom the respondent supported in the 2012 election. This yielded some genuinely interesting results.
Conspiracy beliefObamaRomney0204060Global warming is a hoaxBin Laden is aliveA UFO crashed at RoswellNew World OrderHussein was involved in 9/11Vaccines are linked to autismThe moon landing was fakedObama is the AntichristBush intentionally misled on Ira...Aliens existCIA developed crackFluoride is dangerousLizard people control politicsJFK was killed by conspiracyBigfoot existsThe government controls minds ...Airplane contrails are sinister ch...Medical industry invents diseasesMcCartney died in 1966The government allowed 9/11percent believing
For example, only three conspiracies were more commonly believed by Obama supporters: that Bush intentionally misled America about Iraq's WMDs (a massive 69 percent of his supporters believe that one), that the CIA launched the crack epidemic, and that the moon landing was faked. There are two theories with equal support among Obama and Romney supporters: that aliens exist and the one about fluoridation. Everything else, from lizard people to vaccines and autism to global warming being a hoax? Believed by more Romney supporters.
No conspiracy was less commonly believed than one suggesting that the government is populated by lizard people. But that's mostly because only 2 percent of Obama supporters believe the theory while 5 percent of Romney supporters do.

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