Are you part of the 4%? The 4% of Americans, that is, who believe that shape-shifting reptilian people control our world by taking on human form and gaining political power to manipulate our societies? If you're not, you may be a touch aghast by the (still low) number. But according to a new poll from Public Policy Polling, the conspiracy theorists are strong among us.
In a survey of 1,247 registered American voters from March 27-30 (conducted through automated telephone interviews), Public Policy Polling discovered some choice nuggets among the things we do and do not believe. Some highlights from the survey (pdf).
Did we ever really land on the moon? 7% of those surveyed said they thought Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin took not one giant leap.
Is Osama bin Laden still out there? Well, the vast majority of respondents here thought not. But 11% aren't quite sure.
Was the CIA "instrumental" in dealing crack cocaine into America's inner cities in the 1980s? 14% of respondents say yes.
Does the media or government add "secret mind-controlling technology" to television broadcasts? 15% of those surveyed think Brian Williams and the rest are up to something more nefarious than just delivering the nightly news.
Do you believe President Barack Obama is the
anti-Christ, or not?
Do you think President Obama is the antichrist? 13% of registered American voters surveyed think so while another 13% are not sure.
The polling firm didn't stop with the more outlandish beliefs, however. The survey also covered some political conspiracy theories that are a bit more in the mainstream.
Do you believe the Bush administration intentionally misled the U.S. about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq to promote the war? 44% of respondents said yes; 45% said no.
Do you believe Saddam Hussein was involved in 9/11? 28% of respondents thought he was, while 51% thought he wasn't.
Did Lee Harvey Oswald act alone in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy? Only 25% of those surveyed thought he acted alone. 51% thought there was a larger conspiracy.
Is global warming a hoax? 37% of respondents said it is, 51% think it is not.
And, of course: 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?" Surprisingly, 28% of those surveyed said yes. This includes a plurality (38%) of people who voted for Mitt Romney in 2012.