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Public Polling PolicyOn our national poll this week we took the opportunity to poll 20 widespread and/or infamous conspiracy theories. Many of these theories are well known to the public, others perhaps to just the darker corners of the internet. Here’s what we found: - 37% of voters believe global warming is a hoax, 51% do not. Republicans say global warming is a hoax by a 58-25 margin, Democrats disagree 11-77, and Independents are more split at 41-51. 61% of Romney voters believe global warming is a hoax - 6% of voters believe Osama bin Laden is still alive - 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 - 20% of voters believe there is a link between childhood vaccines and autism, 51% do not - 7% of voters think the moon landing was faked - 13% of voters think Barack Obama is the anti-Christ, including 22% of Romney voters - Voters are split 44%-45% on whether Bush intentionally misled about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. 72% of Democrats think Bush lied about WMDs, Independents agree 48-45, just 13% of Republicans think soSource Link : http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/main/2013/04/conspiracy-theory-poll-results-.htmlPDF Link: http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/pdf/2011/PPP_Release_National_ConspiracyTheories_040213.pdf

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE INTERVIEWS: Tom Jensen 919-744-6312

April 2, 2013

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Democrats and Republicans differ on conspiracy theory beliefsRaleigh, N.C. PPPs latest national poll finds the American public differing along party lines on many conspiracy theories involving issues like global warming and the Iraq War, although some of the more bizarre ideas merit bipartisan skepticism. The poll finds 28% of voters believe that a secretive power elite with a globalist agenda is conspiring to eventually rule the world through an authoritarian world government, or New World Order. 34% of Republicans and 35% of independents believe in the New World Order threat compared to just 15% of Democrats. 44% of voters believe the Bush administration intentionally misled the public about weapons of mass destruction to promote the Iraq War, while 45% disagree. 72% of Democrats believed the statement while 73% of Republicans did not. 22% of Democrats, 33% of Republicans and 28% of independents believe Saddam Hussein was involved in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Just 6% of voters think Osama bin Laden is still alive. There is an intense partisan divide on whether or not global warming is a hoax: 58% of Republicans agree that it is a conspiracy, while 77% of Democrats disagree. 20% of Republicans believe that President Obama is the Anti-Christ, compared to 13% of independents and 6% of Democrats who agree. 51% of Americans believe there was a larger conspiracy at work in the JFK assassination, while 25% think Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone. 29% believe aliens exist and 21% believe a UFO crashed at Roswell in 1947. Even crazy conspiracy theories are subject to partisan polarization, especially when there are political overtones involved, said Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling. But most Americans reject the wackier ideas out there about fake moon landings and shape-shifting lizards. 5% of respondents believe that Paul McCartney died and was secretly replaced in the Beatles in 1966, and just 4% believe shape-shifting reptilian people control our world by taking on human form and gaining power. 7% of voters think the moon landing was fake. PPP surveyed 1,247 registered American voters from March 27th to 30th. The margin of error for the overall sample is +/-2.8%. This poll was not paid for or authorized by any campaign or political organization. PPP surveys are conducted through automated telephone interviews.Public Policy Polling 3020 Highwoods Blvd. Raleigh, NC 27604 Phone: 888 621-6988 Web: www.publicpolicypolling.com Email: information@publicpolicypolling.com

National Survey ResultsQ1 Do you believe global warming is a hoax, or not?Do ................................................................... 37% Do not ............................................................. 51% Not sure .......................................................... 12%

Q7

Do you believe the moon landing was faked, or not?Do ................................................................... 7% Do not ............................................................. 84% Not sure .......................................................... 9%

Q2

Do you believe Osama bin Laden is still alive, or not?Do ................................................................... 6% Do not ............................................................. 83% Not sure .......................................................... 11%

Q8

Do you believe President Barack Obama is the anti-Christ, or not?Do ................................................................... 13% Do not ............................................................. 73% Not sure .......................................................... 13%

Q3

Do you believe a UFO crashed at Roswell, New Mexico, in 1947, and the US government covered it up, or not?Do ................................................................... 21% Do not ............................................................. 47% Not sure .......................................................... 32%

Q9

Do you believe the Bush administration intentionally misled the public about the possibility of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq to promote the Iraq War, or not?Do ................................................................... 44% Do not ............................................................. 45% Not sure .......................................................... 12%

Q4

Do you believe that a secretive power elite with a globalist agenda is conspiring to eventually rule the world through an authoritarian world government, or New World Order, or not?Do ................................................................... 28% Do not ............................................................. 46% Not sure .......................................................... 25%

Q10 Do you believe aliens exist, or not?Do ................................................................... 29% Do not ............................................................. 47% Not sure .......................................................... 24%

Q5

Do you believe Saddam Hussein was involved in the September 11th, 2001, attacks on America, or not?Do ................................................................... 28% Do not ............................................................. 51% Not sure .......................................................... 22%

Q11 Do you believe the CIA was instrumental in distributing crack cocaine into Americas inner cities in the 1980s, or not?Do ................................................................... 14% Do not ............................................................. 55% Not sure .......................................................... 30%

Q6

Do you believe there is a link between childhood vaccines and autism, or not?Do ................................................................... 20% Do not ............................................................. 46% Not sure .......................................................... 34%

Q12 Do you believe the government adds fluoride to our water supply, not for dental health reasons, but for other, more sinister reasons, or not?Do ................................................................... 9% Do not ............................................................. 74% Not sure .......................................................... 17%

March 27-30, 2013Survey of 1,247 registered voters

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Q13 Do you believe that shape-shifting reptilian people control our world by taking on human form and gaining political power to manipulate our societies, or not?Do ................................................................... 4% Do not ............................................................. 88% Not sure .......................................................... 7%

Q19 Do you believe Paul McCartney actually died in a car crash in 1966 and was secretly replaced by a lookalike so The Beatles could continue, or not?Do ................................................................... 5% Do not ............................................................. 80% Not sure .......................................................... 14%

Q14 Do you believe that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in killing President Kennedy, or was there some larger conspiracy at work?Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone ..................... 25% There was some larger conspiracy at work..... 51% Not sure .......................................................... 24%

Q20 Do you believe the United States government knowingly allowed the attacks on September 11th, 2001, to happen, or not?Do ................................................................... 11% Do not ............................................................. 78% Not sure .......................................................... 11%

Q15 Do you believe in Bigfoot or Sasquatch, or not?Do ................................................................... 14% Do not ............................................................. 72% Not sure .......................................................... 14%

Q21 In the last presidential election, did you vote for Barack Obama or Mitt Romney?Barack Obama ................................................ 50% Mitt Romney.................................................... 44% Someone else/Don't remember ...................... 6%

Q16 Do you believe media or the government adds secret mind-controlling technology to television broadcast signals, or not?Do ................................................................... 15% Do not ............................................................. 70% Not sure .......................................................... 15%

Q22 Would you describe yourself as very liberal, somewhat liberal, moderate, somewhat conservative, or very conservative?Very liberal ...................................................... 11% Somewhat liberal ............................................ 16% Moderate......................................................... 31% Somewhat conservative .................................. 23% Very conservative ........................................... 19%

Q17 Do you believe that the exhaust seen in the sky behind airplanes is actually chemicals sprayed by the government for sinister reasons, or not?Do ................................................................... 5% Do not .............................................

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