Does this hat make me look crazy?

A recent study shows the different conspiracy theories espoused by the two US political parties.  While belief in these conspiracies isn’t restricted to partisan lines, there is a marked tendency for each camp to go one way or the other.  First, there were some statistics on things voters believe in general:

  • 51% believe that there was a massive conspiracy surrounding JFK’s murder.  Only 25% believe Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone.
  • 29% of voters believe in extraterrestials.  21% believe that an alien spacecraft crashed at Roswell, NM.
  • 20% believe there is a link between childhood vaccines and autism.
  • 15% believe that the media and/or government are using secret mind-controlling technology through television.
  • 15% believe that the pharmaceutical and medical industries are in league to create new diseases so they can profit.
  • 14% believe in Big Foot.
  • 14% believe the CIA distributed crack cocaine to inner city populations across the US in the 1980s.
  • 11% believe that the government knowingly allowed the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
  • 9% believe that the government adds fluoride to the water supply, not for dental health, but for other sinister purposes.
  • 7% of voters believe the moon landing was faked.
  • 6% of voters believe Osama Bin Laden is actually still alive.
  • 5% of American voters believe that Paul McCartney died and was secretly replaced in 1966.
  • 5% of American voters believe that the government is spraying the country with chemicals through airplane exhaust for sinister purposes.
  • 4% of voters believe that shape-shifting reptiles rule our planet.  (7% were undecided!)
I knew it!

Here are some tidbits from the study when broken out by political party.


  • 33% believe that Saddam Hussein was involved in the 9/11 attacks.  Surprisingly, 22% of Democrats also believe this as do 28% of Independents.
  • 58% believe that global warming is a hoax.  77% of Democrats don’t believe it is a hoax.  This is a big dividing line.
  • 20% of Republicans agree that Obama is “the anti-Christ”!  Weirder still, 13% of Independents and 6% of Democrats agree!


  • 35% of Independent voters believe there is a New World Order, a secret cabal of powerful individuals furthering an unknown agenda across multiple nations.  34% of Republicans also believe this, while only 15% of Democrats do – another big dividing line.


  • 72% believe that Pres. Bush deliberately misled the public about Weapons of Mass Destruction while 73% of Republicans do not believe this.

Let’s see how many of our readers also believe in these conspiracies with a little poll.  First, some quick demographics of our readers:

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And now, let the theories roll:

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You’re not paranoid if they’re really out to get you.

This got me thinking about some of the Mormon conspiracy theories out there.  I wondered how many Mormons believe the various theories that exist.

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What conspiracies or theories can you think of that should have been added but weren’t?  Are there some you aren’t sure about, but wonder?  Are there some that you think are more common among certain groups of people?