Poll Finds Which Conspiracy Theories Americans Believe, 3 in 10 Believe "Elite" Group Runs Country

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A recent poll on conspiracy theories found that a shocking amount of Americans believe in conspiracy theories, even some of the wackiest ones, like believing that Barack Obama is the "anti-christ" and that the moon landing was fake.

The poll found that three in 10 Americans believe there's a "secretive power elite" that rules the world through an authoritarian government, and one in five Republicans believes President Barack Obama is the "anti-christ."

About 11 percent of the respondents believed that the U.S. government allowed the 9/11 terrorist attacks to happen, and another 11 percent said they were "not sure" if the government was involved in the terrorist attack. 

It was even found that 58 percent of Republicans believe global warming is a hoax, and 77 percent of Democrats believe it is not a hoax.

One of the biggest findings was that more than half of Americans think a larger conspiracy was behind the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, and a quarter believe Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone.

Less than half of Americans believe that George W. Bush lied about weapons of mass destruction to promote war.

Dean Debnam, president of Public Policy Polling, said, "Even crazy conspiracy theories are subject to partisan polarization, especially when there are political overtones involved."

While it may surprise some that many Americans believe in conspiracy theories, Debnam said most Americans reject the crazier ones, like that the moon landing was fake or that the country is run by "shape-shifting lizards."

About 7 percent of those polled believed the moon landing was fake and 4 percent believe "shape-shifting reptilian people control our world by taking on human form and gaining political power to manipulate our societies."

Approximately 1,247 registered voters were polled through telephone between March 27 and March 30. They said the poll had a 2.8 percent margin error.

The poll was pretty even amongst political parties, as 38 percent were Democrats and 34 percent were Republicans. The rest considered themselves "Independent/Other."

Sources: Washington Times, Daily Mail