Americans believe a lot of conspiracy theories

Global warming is a hoax, Osama bin Laden is still alive and Barack Obama is the anti-Christ, some Americans say

Topics: Osama Bin Laden, Barack Obama, Global Warming, Aliens, Conspiracy theorists, Polling,

A new PPP survey asked Americans whether they believe in some of the more widespread conspiracy theories, and the results were a bit troubling.

Thirty-seven percent of voters, including 58 percent of Republicans, believe that global warming in a hoax. Six percent believe Osama bin Laden is still alive, while 13 percent think Barack Obama is the antichrist (including 22 percent of Romney voters). Five percent believe Paul McCartney actually died in 1966.

Perhaps the weirdest: 4 percent say “they believe ‘lizard people’ control our societies by gaining political power.”

More from the survey:



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

Jillian Rayfield is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on politics. Follow her on Twitter at @jillrayfield or email her at jrayfield@salon.com.

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