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50% of Americans believe in a conspiracy


Posted on Sunday, 15 June, 2014 | Comment icon 150 comments

Many still believe that the Moon landings were a hoax. Image Credit: NASA
As much as half of the population of the United States believes in at least one conspiracy theory.
According to researchers Eric Oliver and Thomas Wood at the University of Chicago, the combined results of four surveys conducted between 2006 and 2011 show that belief in conspiracies is as strong now as it has ever been in the past.

"We find that half of the American public consistently endorses at least one conspiracy theory and that many popular conspiracy theories are differentiated along ideological and anomic dimensions," the pair wrote.

"These findings both demonstrate the widespread allure of conspiracy theories as political explanations and offer new perspectives on the forces that shape mass opinion and American political culture."

According to the results, 19% of Americans believe that the events of 9/11 were orchestrated by the government, 25% believe that the recent financial crisis was due to a small cabal of Wall Street Bankers and 11% even believe that the recent switch to energy efficient fluorescent lighting has taken place because the new bulbs make people more obedient and easier to control.

Source: Russia Today | Comments (150)

Tags: Conspiracy, United States

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #141 Posted by Likely Guy on 4 December, 2014, 21:47
Wow! Banned in less than two hours. That's gotta set some record.
Comment icon #142 Posted by frenat on 4 December, 2014, 21:49
Wow! Banned in less than two hours. That's gotta set some record. Well he's been here before and been banned before unless I'm mistaken.
Comment icon #143 Posted by lightly on 4 December, 2014, 23:22
.. hmm i wonder if it's some sort of conspiracy?
Comment icon #144 Posted by Reann on 4 December, 2014, 23:38
Good questions, and I sure don't know the answers. I think one thing Snowden has shown is that the government operates very much in secret. They have a deliberate effort to keep the people in the dark and now with this metadata business they want to catalogue everything each individual does. Anybody mentioning that 2 or 3 years ago was accused by others of wearing tinfoil hats and paranoia. Now it turns out they were correct. This sort of knowledge given us by Snowdn is fertilizer for conspiracy theories. Those previously accused of wearing tinfoil hats have been vindicated in large part. Whet... [More]
Comment icon #145 Posted by Empty Garden on 5 December, 2014, 16:27
When the citizens see a crises they unite,but others see an opportunity to conspire . I'm trying not to lose hope for humanity sake. I was told that a shift was to occur , in the direction for humanity and not greed anymore. The Age of Aquarius?
Comment icon #146 Posted by Obviousman on 6 December, 2014, 1:41
Let's face - a large number of the great unwashed are just plain loopy:
Comment icon #147 Posted by ali smack on 24 February, 2015, 16:03
some conspiracy theories aren't that stupid and are sometimes proven to be right. In all fairness David Icke was spot on about Jimmy Saville being a serial pedophile. Even though no one took notice to him in the 90s when he was saying it. Also he was right about The Westminster Pedophile Ring. A lot of people thought it was nonsense but it's being proven correct. So i'm sure that there will be CTs that are right. It's just sad there's a lot of nonsense out there that damages the likely ones being believed. DR. David Kelly being murdered is another one that's likely
Comment icon #148 Posted by Earl.Of.Trumps on 25 February, 2015, 13:01
Here is how I look at it, "conspiracies" are hard to prove. The participants always disguise and hide. But we know these things have to be going on, even though we cannot readily see them. case in point: http://www.washingto...9af8_story.html 2 UK politicians caught in lobbying sting deny wrongdoing LONDON — Two former senior British ministers denied wrongdoing Monday after being caught in a hidden-camera sting appearing to offer access to politicians and diplomats in return for cash. ------------ Now, had I told you a week before that incident that "all lobbyists conspire with pols to screw t... [More]
Comment icon #149 Posted by DONTEATUS on 7 March, 2015, 4:14
Well half of then have to be Wrong, Which half are you into ?
Comment icon #150 Posted by The Silver Thong on 7 March, 2015, 5:06
Well half of then have to be Wrong, Which half are you into ? Them or us


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