Five Conspiracy Theories and the Americans Who Believe Them

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April 2 2013 4:57 PM

Five Conspiracy Theories and the Americans Who Believe Them

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A bumper sticker in a parked car near Jamul, California declares the existence of flying saucers in 2000.

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Public Policy Polling trolls, and I listen.

1. If you're a Republican, there's a one-in-five chance you think President Obama is the Anti-Christ. Or that you think it would be funny to say so.

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2. If you're under 30, you're more likely than anyone else to believe in lizard people but less likely than anyone else to believe in a JFK assassination conspiracy.

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3. If you're Hispanic, you're more likely than a black or white person to think a UFO was found in Roswell.

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4. If you're an independent, you're more likely than some lemming member of the partisan duopoly to think aliens are real.

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5. If you voted for Mitt Romney, you're still trying to figure out whether Saddam Hussein had a role in 9/11. Maybe you're really into the work of Laurie Mylroie.

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Correction, April 2, 2013: This post originally misspelled Laurie Mylroie's last name.

David Weigel, a former Slate politics reporter, is a reporter for Bloomberg Politics

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