Thursday, April 25, 2013

Things Stupid Americans Believe

Public Policy Polling released the results of a poll on widely-believed conspiracy theories. The key takeaway here is that there sure are a lot of really stupid Americans.

Here are a few gems:

  • 58% of Republicans believe that global warming is a hoax. Evidently, Republicans don't know scientists very well. Getting three scientists to agree on where to have lunch would be a feat worthy of a Nobel Peace Prize. Pulling together 99% of scientists into a coordinated hoax would be an undertaking worthy of a James Bond villain. Then again, maybe they don't realize that James Bond is fiction. After all, look at the channel they watch for their "news."
  • (As far as I know, the only people who are trying to pay scientists to have a specific opinion on global warming are on the other side of the argument.)
  • 36% of Republicans believe that Saddam Hussein was involved in 9/11. This is an old chestnut we've discussed here before.
  • 22% of Republican voters believe that Obama is the Anti-Christ. Maybe they should take a closer look at Ann Coulter.