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Nearly 3 in 10 Voters Believe in a 'New World Order' Conspiracy, Finds Poll

By Megan Anderle   |   Wednesday, 03 Apr 2013 10:09 AM

A new poll suggests a surprising number of voters are skeptical of the government's intentions and think officials are conspiring against the country for the sake of a "New World Order."

More than a quarter of American voters, 28 percent, 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,” according to a Public Polling Survey.

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Additionally, 13 percent of American voters believe that President Barack Obama is the anti-Christ, 14 percent feel the CIA was involved in distributing crack cocaine to Americans in the 1980s, 5 percent say the medical and pharmaceutical industry “invent” new diseases to make money, and 11 percent think the U.S. government “knowingly allowed the attacks on September 11th, 2001, to happen.”

Of those polled, 21 percent of voters say a UFO crashed in 1947 in Roswell, N.M., and the U.S. government covered it up, while 29 percent of voters believe aliens exist.

An even more out there theory – that shape-shifting lizard people “control our world by taking on human form and gaining political power to manipulate our societies” – has 4 percent of American voters subscribed. That equates to 12 million people across the nation.

PPP polled 1,247 registered voters on a total of 20 so-called conspiracies, including politically-polarized issues like global warming and whether the administration of George W. Bush misled the public about Iraq having weapons of mass destruction.

The majority of those who said global warming is a hoax were Republicans, while most of those who said Bush lied about WMDs in Iraq were Democrats.

“Even crazy conspiracy theories are subject to partisan polarization, especially when there are political overtones involved,” Dean Debnam, president of Public Policy Polling, said in a statement to the Daily Caller. “But most Americans reject the wackier ideas out there about fake moon landings and shape-shifting lizards.”

PPP used a margin of error of 2.8 percent while calculating the results.

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