One in four Americans think Obama may be the antichrist, survey says

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About one in four Americans suspect that President Barack Obama might be the antichrist, more than a third believe that global warming is a hoax and more than half suspect that a secretive global elite is trying to set up a New World Order, according to a poll released on Tuesday.


The survey, which was conducted by Public Policy Polling, asked a sample of American voters about a number of conspiracy theories, phrasing the questions in eye-catching language that will have the country's educators banging their heads on their desks. The study revealed that 13% of respondents thought Obama was "the antichrist", while another 13% were "not sure" – and so were at least appeared to be open to the possibility that he might be. Some 73% of people were able to say outright that they did not think Obama was "the antichrist".

The survey also showed that 37% of Americans thought that global warming was a hoax, while 12% were not sure and a slim majority – 51% – agreed with the overwhelming majority view of the scientific establishment and thought that it was not. The survey also revealed that 28% of people believed in a sinister global New World Order conspiracy, aimed at ruling the whole world through authoritarian government. Another 25% were "not sure" and only a minority of American voters – 46% – thought such a conspiracy theory was not true.

At least some of the insane theories suggested by the poll were dismissed by large majorities. For example, only 7% of Americans in the survey believed the moon landing was faked, 14% believed in Bigfoot and 4% accepted that "shape-shifting alien reptilian people control our world by taking on human form". In other good news, Paul McCartney will be relieved that a mere 5% of respondents believed that he died in a car crash in 1966 and was replaced by a double so the Beatles could continue their careers, and just 11% embraced the concept that the US government knowingly allowed the terror attacks of 11 September 2001 to take place.

Written By: Paul Harris
continue to source article at guardian.co.uk

31 COMMENTS

    • In reply to #2 by Vorlund:

      1 in 4? Sounds like America is on the event horizon of an epistomological crapper waiting tor someone to pull the chain.

      The survey was taken in Tennessee, North Carolina, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Texas.

      • In reply to #14 by QuestioningKat:

        In reply to #2 by Vorlund:

        1 in 4? Sounds like America is on the event horizon of an epistomological crapper waiting tor someone to pull the chain.

        The survey was taken in Tennessee, North Carolina, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Texas.

        Nah- If it was, it would be closer to 75%! :)

  1. Slightly Off Topic: was RD.net hacked today? When I opened it earlier today, there was some odd message from what appeared to be a Turkish hacker — something about users of this site being heathens etc.

    Could it part of the New World Order (trying to get back On Topic)?

    • In reply to #3 by RDfan:

      Slightly Off Topic: was RD.net hacked today? When I opened it earlier today, there was some odd message from what appeared to be a Turkish hacker — something about users of this site being heathens etc.

      Could it part of the New World Order (trying to get back On Topic)?

      Yep, I noticed that (and took a screen grab if anyone wants to see it)…

      Not so much New World Order as Old World Disorder…

    • In reply to #3 by RDfan:

      Slightly Off Topic: was RD.net hacked today? When I opened it earlier today, there was some odd message from what appeared to be a Turkish hacker — something about users of this site being heathens etc.

      Could it part of the New World Order (trying to get back On Topic)?

      I had a similar experience. I emailed RDF and a few others thinking my RDF gravitar account was hacked or worse, that my personal wifi had been hacked. I didn’t see the hacked landing page on cellular, only wifi; but there could be other explanations for this.

      It’s a good reminder to keep cyber accounts in their own bubbles (universes? :-j ). I was kind of hoping it was a personal attack. Bring it!

      I took a screen shot which showed a black background, a sunset at the top with Arabic-looking script with the words under it saying, “hacked by: FreWaL & Dr. Ly0n for Turkey Islam tim” followed further by three sentences, the last being in English stating: “Say O ye that reject Faith! [1] I worship not that which ye worship. [2] Nor will ye worship that which I worship. [3] And I will not worship that which ye have been wont to worship. [4] Nor will ye worship that which I worship. [5] To be your Way and to me mine.”

      I took a screen shot and will try to post it later (perhaps in a different discussion if one opens up about this event).

      But as for this anti-Christ topic, it sure seems–and I apologize for using this Deepak-like phrase–a “quantum superposition of thought” exists collectively within society. In other words, if there is an irrational position to fill, someone undoubtedly will step up to the task.

      Mike

    • In reply to #3 by RDfan:

      Slightly Off Topic: was RD.net hacked today? When I opened it earlier today, there was some odd message from what appeared to be a Turkish hacker — something about users of this site being heathens etc.

      Could it part of the New World Order (trying to get back On Topic)?

      Yes. Here’s the first hackers blogsite and the second

      Here’s the screenshot

      • In reply to #16 by littletrotsky13:

        Our site was not compromised, but the name servers which are hosted by a third party were changed briefly and the url redirected to a different site. Do you mind sending me an email so I can ask a few more questions, as we are currently investigating?

        • In reply to #17 by nlib1:

          In reply to #16 by littletrotsky13:

          Our site was not compromised, but the name servers which are hosted by a third party were changed briefly and the url redirected to a different site. Do you mind sending me an email so I can ask a few more questions, as we are currently investigating?

          Can do. Which email address?

  2. The Internet combined with a serious lack of critical thinking skills and understanding of science, methink. Trash your education at the roots, this is what you get.

    Maybe that’s what our space lizard overlords want afterall. Confusion! Conspiracies! Deceit!

    • In reply to #7 by papa lazaru:

      The Internet combined with a serious lack of critical thinking skills and understanding of science, methink. Trash your education at the roots, this is what you get.

      This greatly pre-dates the internet. I actually think the internet helps: it exposes the origins of such garbage, allows criticism and makes it harder to disguise and feed into the mainstream.

      Maybe that’s what our space lizard overlords want afterall. Confusion! Conspiracies! Deceit!

      Tsk. Space lizards, indeed. Everyone knows they come from the complex of geothermally heated caves under the polar ice cap.

      • In reply to #10 by PERSON:

        In reply to #7 by papa lazaru:
        This greatly pre-dates the internet. I actually think the internet helps: it exposes the origins of such garbage, allows criticism and makes it harder to disguise and feed into the mainstream.

        Yeah, tin foil hats, UFO, JFK (well, give this one the benefit of the doubt), and so on. But this kind of garbage is becoming mainstream on a regular basis. Climate change denial, creationism (although to be fair, that particular one has been around for a loooong time and sticks around like a very stubborn barnacle), attacks on science, New World Order (recent gun control laws and school massacres gave plenty of prime-time exposure to all sorts of weirdoes).

        The Internet is like an amplifier. You can reach a massive audience in a very short amount of time and effort. It takes a while to sort the wheat from the chaff, and it also takes an educated community to step in. The Internet is a popular watering hole for wishful thinkers. And when the news media latches on, it gets even worse.

  3. Slightly Off Topic: was RD.net hacked today? When I opened it earlier today, there was some odd message from what appeared to be a Turkish hacker — something about users of this site being heathens etc.

    And what do they really hope to achieve by that… Like, yeah… You sure are right Pal, we’re sooo sorry!

    Cretins.

  4. the concept that the US government knowingly allowed the terror attacks of 11 September 2001 to take place

    Hm. That’s not what most truthers assert. They say the govt (and/or Mossad: many of these people believe in the concept of a true, pure and perfect natural order, an idea that has its roots in ideas of racial purity and hierarchy) planned and carried it out. Suspecting the Bush administration of deliberate inaction (or hubristic incompetence) is not completely crazy, if unfalsifiable for the time being. See this NYT op-ed for some reasonable seeming consideration of the latter idea.

    • In reply to #9 by PERSON:

      the concept that the US government knowingly allowed the terror attacks of 11 September 2001 to take place

      Hm. That’s not what most truthers assert. They say the govt (and/or Mossad: many of these people believe in the concept of a true, pure and perfect natural order, an idea that has its roots in ideas of racial purity and hierarchy) planned and carried it out. Suspecting the Bush administration of deliberate inaction (or hubristic incompetence) is not completely crazy, if unfalsifiable for the time being. See this NYT op-ed for some reasonable seeming consideration of the latter idea.

      Lumping in 9/11 with a bunch of fruitcake stuff (Elvis, Beatles, Moon) looks like one more piece of publicity to discredit by association anyone who disbelieves the official Bush Administration story of the events that happened on its watch.

      The linked NYT op-ed is consistent with deliberate inaction, hubristic incompetence, and also active inside interference, or a mixture of all three.

      There remain unanswered questions, and the official story remains among the least credible of the Outlandish Conspiracy Theories (to quote GWB), and does not seem to be improving with age.

  5. The survey also revealed that 28% of people believed in a sinister global New World Order conspiracy, aimed at ruling the whole world through authoritarian government.

    Ah! They’ve heard of executive and bankers’ bonuses and David Cameron’s defending of them against the European “victimisation” of these poor down-trodden executives. How are they expected to eke out a living on only double or triple six-figure salaries in an austerity period which they appear to have caused? – Or am I confusing them with the TeaParty?

  6. I had to sigh in disgust that 3 out of the 4 top stories on the news page show how ignorant the United States has become. I apologize once again, on behalf of my country. Please believe me when I say there is at least a small minority of us that actually use our heads for thinking and reasoning. Unfortunately, THAT never makes a headline (although it really should since it’s such a rare event these days)!

  7. Theorem: barak hussein obama is the antichrist.
    Proof: His name has 18 = 3×6 letters, three 6′s is 666, the number of the beast. QED
    Corollary: Call on Jesus, everything else is a waste of time.

    New world order? Same as the old world order. Of course there is no conspiracy, a conspiracy is secret and there is no secrecy involved. They meet once a year out in the open in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland. It is obviously not their aim to rule the world through authoritarian government because that milestone is already in the rearview mirror.

  8. Please feel free to pass along this quote I made up that I think succinctly describes the category where religion should reside: “In many ways, religion is not unlike the cycle perpetuated by an abusive parent.”

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