One pollster says that Republicans are more likely than Democrats to embrace conspiracy theories. But as some GOPers will tell you, somebody’s got to ponder the existence of secret societies or “men in black” drawing a red line against alien invasions.
Well, why not?
Here are a few numbers from a Public Policy Poll released Tuesday that reflect it all.
36 percent of U.S. voters think that “the Obama administration is secretly trying to take everyone’s guns away”; 62 percent of Republicans and 14 percent of Democrats agree.
32 percent of voters overall think major sporting events like the Super Bowl are “rigged by referees and league offices” for better ratings and more money; 34 percent of Republicans and 27 percent of Democrats agree.
26 percent overall think “Muslims are covertly implementing Shariah law in American court systems”; 42 percent of Republicans and 12 percent of Democrats agree.
25 percent say that President Obama is “secretly trying to figure out a way to stay in office beyond 2017”; 44 percent of Republicans and 11 percent of Democrats agree.
23 percent overall think “the U.S. government has engaged in the assassination of political leaders who tried to spread a political message they didn’t like”; 27 percent of Republicans and 23 percent of Democrats agree.
19 percent overall believe “there is a secret society such as ‘Skull and Bones’ that produces most of America’s political and financial leaders to serve the interests of the wealthy elite”; 15 percent of Republicans and 20 percent of Democrats agree.
6 percent think “a government organization such as the Men in Black exists to stop people from finding out that aliens exist”; 7 percent of Republicans and 7 percent of Democrats agree.
Source: A Public Policy Polling survey of 700 registered U.S. voters conducted Sept. 25 and 26. Find all the results here, and be sure to peek at the crosstabs revealing ideological and political divides.