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2/3 of Americans Believe in Conspiracy Theories

Postby saxitoxin on Tue Feb 05, 2013 11:48 am

A Farleigh-Dickinson University poll finds that 2/3 of Americans believe in at least one of four conspiracy theories (below).

The more conspiracy theories a person believes, the fewer current events questions they are likely to answer correctly from a list of 4 questions asked (Who is the Secretary of State?, Has unemployment increased, decreased or stayed the same over the last 12 months?, In what country has the U.S. concentrated the most attacks with unmanned drone aircraft?, What party has the most seats in the U.S. House of Representatives?).

http://publicmind.fdu.edu/2013/outthere/

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Re: 2/3 of Americans Believe in Conspiracy Theories

Postby thegreekdog on Tue Feb 05, 2013 1:50 pm

This is pretty depressing.
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Re: 2/3 of Americans Believe in Conspiracy Theories

Postby BigBallinStalin on Tue Feb 05, 2013 2:10 pm

thegreekdog wrote:This is pretty depressing.


Probably Not True.

And George Bush don't like Black People. T/F?
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Re: 2/3 of Americans Believe in Conspiracy Theories

Postby Crazyirishman on Tue Feb 05, 2013 3:35 pm

What if I believe in conspiracy theories, but not any of those ones? Do I count?
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Re: 2/3 of Americans Believe in Conspiracy Theories

Postby Funkyterrance on Tue Feb 05, 2013 3:37 pm

The third one is Laughable.
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Re: 2/3 of Americans Believe in Conspiracy Theories

Postby warmonger1981 on Tue Feb 05, 2013 9:59 pm

Wast Andy Stern president of SEIU one of the most visited people to the White House.if I'm not mistaken SEIU was in charge of the voting machines.it doesn't matter who votes but who counts the votes. Thats what ive heard if its true is another story.
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Re: 2/3 of Americans Believe in Conspiracy Theories

Postby warmonger1981 on Tue Feb 05, 2013 10:04 pm

Jeb Bush was governor of Florida during the recount I think.
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Re: 2/3 of Americans Believe in Conspiracy Theories

Postby _sabotage_ on Tue Feb 05, 2013 10:08 pm

the 99% one didn't make the list?
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Re: 2/3 of Americans Believe in Conspiracy Theories

Postby / on Tue Feb 05, 2013 10:17 pm

Why do several of those percentages add up to a 101% total?
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Re: 2/3 of Americans Believe in Conspiracy Theories

Postby chang50 on Tue Feb 05, 2013 10:23 pm

/ wrote:Why do several of those percentages add up to a 101% total?


It's part of a conspiracy..
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Re: 2/3 of Americans Believe in Conspiracy Theories

Postby john9blue on Wed Feb 06, 2013 1:08 am

/ wrote:Why do several of those percentages add up to a 101% total?


and more importantly, why are they all integers??? the plot thickens...
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Re: 2/3 of Americans Believe in Conspiracy Theories

Postby john9blue on Wed Feb 06, 2013 1:10 am

oh btw, you're dumb if you don't think some conspiracy theories are at least plausible, if not likely.

for example, most americans (over 3/4 at one point) believe that the JFK assassination was a conspiracy rather than a lone gunman
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Re: 2/3 of Americans Believe in Conspiracy Theories

Postby Funkyterrance on Wed Feb 06, 2013 1:24 am

Dumb da-dumb dumb DUMMMMBBB! Isn't that a wonderfully vague word, dumb?
Of course I believe in the multiple gunmen theory, I watched JFK.
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Re: 2/3 of Americans Believe in Conspiracy Theories

Postby _sabotage_ on Wed Feb 06, 2013 7:56 am

LBJ killed JFK.
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Re: 2/3 of Americans Believe in Conspiracy Theories

Postby thegreekdog on Wed Feb 06, 2013 8:19 am

Funkyterrance wrote:Dumb da-dumb dumb DUMMMMBBB! Isn't that a wonderfully vague word, dumb?
Of course I believe in the multiple gunmen theory, I watched JFK.


This reminds me of the utterly disturbing poll that was done when West Wing was on the air. The poll question was whether Martin Sheen (the actor who played the president on the West Wing) would be a better president than whomever the candidates were at the time (Gore and Bush maybe?). A rather large bloc of people voted for Martin Sheen.

In any event, it amazes me how much people take fiction, mostly historic fiction, and use that as the basis of their views of a particular event in history.
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