According to a new poll by Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind project, 64 percent of Republicans believe it’s “probably true” that President Obama is hiding important information about his birthplace, reports Salon.com.
The study said: “There are several possible explanations for this. It could be that more conspiracy-minded Republicans seek out more information, or that the information some Republicans seek out just tends to reinforce these myths."
In the survey, the four conspiracy theories that people were asked about included: Birtherism (36 percent of all Americans believe it), the government knew about 9/11 in advance (25 percent), President Obama stole the 2012 election (19 percent) and President George W. Bush stole the 2004 election (23 percent).
When broken down to political parties, Republicans were more likely to believe that Obama stole the 2012 election, while Democrats are more likely to think the same about Bush in 2004.
37 percent of Democrats think Bush (or his supporters) used voter fraud to win in 2004, compared to just 9 percent of Republicans and 17 percent of independents.
9/11 conspiracy theories were also more popular among Democrats, with 36 percent believing that President George W. Bush knew the twin towers would be attacked, while 59 percent of young African-Americans were likely to believe it.
But the most popular conspiracy theory was the claim that President Obama was not born in the U.S. even though he has produced his short form and long form birth certificates.
Fairleigh Dickinson political scientist Dan Cassino, who helped conduct the poll, said in a statement: “This conspiracy theory is much more widely believed mostly because it’s been discussed so often. People tend to believe that where there’s smoke, there’s fire, so the more smoke they see, the more likely they are to believe that something is going on."