The numbers are in – Right-wing and Left-wing conspiracies

EDIT: Here is a nice infographic made by Best Psychology Degrees

The United States of Conspiracy
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Public Policy Polling has conducted a nationwide survey in the US asking people about their belief in 20 various conspiracy theories.

Full results

A very interesting thing about this poll is that the respondents were also asked to answer which candidate they voted for in the latest US Presidental election. That means we can see which conspiracy theories are believed in to a greater extent by Right- and Left-wingers, respectively.

I’ve listed the beliefs in the respective conspiracy theories below, sorted by the difference between Romney voters and Obama voters who subscribe to them. The results are chiefly what you would expect them to be, although there are some surprises in the data. For instance, while nearly four times as many Romney voters than Obama voters believe that Barack Obama is the Anti-Christ, it is still remarkable that 5 percent of Obama voters believe so. Since Obama recieved 65,899,660 votes in the 2012 election, that means that around 3.3 million people must either REALLY dislike Mr. Romney or think that Mr.Obama has qualities that make up for the fact that he will usher in the End Times. Anyway, on to the list.

The first figure is how large the share of the total population who believe in a conspiracy theory is. In parentheses is the difference, expressed as [share of Romney voters who believe in the theory] – [share of Obama voters who believe in the theory]

Right-wing conspiracy theories (equal to or more than +5)

1. Global Warming is a hoax 37 % (+49)

2. The New World Order 28 % (+22)

3. Obama is the Anti-Christ 13 % (+17)

4. Aliens landed at Roswell 21 % (+11)

5. Government controls minds through TV 15 % (+6)

6. Big Pharma invents diseases to make money 15 % (+6)

Conspiracies with no strong bias (more than -5 to less than +5)

1. Bigfoot 14 % (+3)

2. Lizard People 4 % (+3)

3. Vaccines cause autism 20 % (+3)

4. Chemtrails 5 % (+2)

5. Bin Laden is still alive 6 % (+2)

6. JFK conspiracies 25 % (+1)

7. Paul McCartney has been dead a long time 5 % (+1)

8. Aliens 29 % (0)

9. “Fiendish fluoridators” 9 % (0)

10. Moon Hoax 7 % (-1)

11. Saddam Hussein was involved in the 9/11 attacks 7 % (-1)

Left-wing conspiracies (equal to or less than -5)

1. George W. Bush lied about Iraqi WMDs 44 % (-51)

2. the CIA engineered crack cocaine 14 % (-7)

3. The Government allowed the 9/11 attacks to happen 11 % (-5)