Conspiracy-Theory Poll Shows Future Tinfoil Shortages Are Likely

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A typical American.


Jim Morrison was really onto something with that whole "People Are Strange" theory.

If you've ever wondered why so many conspiracy-theory-based bills are actually discussed at Arizona Legislature, it appears there's an explanation for that: Many people actually believe in these things (and also use tinfoil hats to deflect the government's mind rays).

Public Policy Polling released national poll results this morning on beliefs in government conspiracy theories, and there's a lot of belief there.

Is the Obama administration secretly trying to take guns away from Americans? Thirty-six percent say yes, including 62 percent of Republicans.

You'd think after this guy's been in office for five years that it would be weird that Obama's gun Nazis haven't gone door-to-door taking guns once yet.

Don't worry, because one in four Americans apparently thinks Obama's developing a plot to stay in office past 2017, including 44 percent of Republicans, because that's a normal thought to have.

Approximately 44 percent of Republicans and 12 percent of Democrats fear Sharia Law is making its way into American courts. Did all the stonings give that away?

About 13 percent of Americans think the government executes "false flag" operations -- like 9/11 being an "inside job" -- although 70 percent disagree.

Here's another thing that totally doesn't hint at a need for psychiatric medication: "And 17 percent of voters said they think a group of world bankers are slowly eliminating paper currency to force most banking online -- only to cut the power grid so regular citizens can't access money and are forced into worldwide slavery," the polling firm says.

One of the hottest theories is that professional sports leagues rig the playoffs -- 32 percent said that happens and another 19 percent wasn't ready to commit to saying it does or doesn't happen.

Just 3 percent "believe that the U.S. has been conspiring with aliens for technology advancements."

Just as a note, PPP says this was a poll of 790 registered voters, so these people actually have some sort of say in who our elected leaders are.

It's probably not surprising that several of these topics have been raised at the state capitol, including bills to prevent Obama's gun-stealing, Sharia law, and human-animal hybrids, not to mention multiple "birther" bills.

The main finding of the poll was that Republicans were more likely to subscribe to conspiracy theories than Democrats. You know, the people with the "I DON'T BELIEVE THE LIBERAL MEDIA" bumper stickers. In fact, this is probably a government plant to discredit your beliefs, and I'm a cyborg.

Check out PPP's release on the poll here.

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42 comments
Cris Cross
Cris Cross

Wal street created supply shortages to bring up prices. If you invest in it you are just making them money. Not you.

Greg Guerrero
Greg Guerrero

Tinfoil shortage = heroin use on the rise, because people are not thinking "on the level" doesn't mean they are off, I myself believe in personal judgement not just what is fed to me from the media

Marilyn Ostrow
Marilyn Ostrow

at first I thought this article was from The Onion. Sadly, I see it is probably not.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

Democrats are in power, so more Republicans believe the government has secret plans.

When Republicans are in power, more Democrats believe the government has secret plans.

Obama hasn't gone door to door collecting guns, but have you tried to buy ammo in the past year?   We're in the longest and deepest ammunition and component shortage in history.  Police have had to cut back on training ammunition.   It's natural that people will believe that an admittedly anti-gun-rights President might be encouraging the shortage.



shadeaux14
shadeaux14

Can we just cover the whole damned state in foil and get it over with? As far as the result which is

"Republicans More Likely To Subscribe to Government Conspiracy Theories"

Did we really need a study or a poll to tell us this?

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

This conspiracy theory stuff is so bizarre. I'm speechless. Nothing much I can add here. Wow.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

"Lost in a Roman ... wilderness of pain

And all the children are insane.  Jim Morrison "The End"

How's this for conspiracy theories:

Obama is inept.  (But he's not the only one)

All politicians are either corrupt or live with their heads in their asses. 

You can't trust ANY media (not just the libs.  What's the matter Matt, sensitive?)

Every time the government gets bigger, your rights and personal freedoms get smaller. 

The US is hopelessly divided.  It will not improve.

We will be lured into a massive world war by religious extremists.  (Pick your flavor.)

We will destroy the population of the earth before quantum physics figures out a way to get us off of it.    

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

"Don't worry, because one-in-four Americans apparently thinks Obama's developing a plot to stay in office past 2017, including 44 percent of Republicans, because that's a normal thought to have."

If so, he would have gotten the idea from our esteemed (cough.. hack.. cough) governor so of course it must be legal... oh wait, that's right.. that's the other aspect of republicanism... rules only apply to everyone else, never to themselves.

Republicans (mainly TeaBaggers)... the fact that people this stupid can actually manage to find a voting booth is simply amazing..

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@valleynative

"It's natural that people will believe that an admittedly anti-gun-rights President might be encouraging the shortage."

Natural for stupid people maybe, which includes you since you in your own comment are attempting to continue this fallacy you and your party are pushing.

Which explains why republicans continue to hold onto this fallacy

BTW - what makes Obama so 'anti-gun rights'??? Has he done anything to restrict carry rights? No. Has he done anything to restrict purchase rights? Please, enlighten us with your bullshit.

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@fishingblues

"We will destroy the population of the earth before quantum physics figures out a way to get us off of it.    "

ROFLMFAO!!!!!

Actually doing that at your entire post, but that one part was especially entertaining... total bullshit, but entertaining nonetheless...

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@Flyer9753

Mentioning the existence of a theory and even saying that it's not surprising that people believe it is not the same as endorsing it.

Obama is on record as saying that citizens shouldn't be allowed to carry in public.  He was badgered by union leaders to change that stance to exempt retired police.

He voiced his support for a large federal excise tax on firearms and ammunition.

His administration has tried, with varying success, to block the import of some firearms based on their not being suitable for "sporting purposes", and, of course, he wanted to re-impose the misleadingly-named "assault weapons" ban.

He lacks the political clout to implement his ideas about gun control.  That doesn't mean he respects gun rights.

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

@valleynative,

The "Headline" as you put it was from the poll. If you read the sentence at the very bottom of the article where it says-"Check out PPP's release on the poll here.

HINT- click on "here" and you will find that this is actually the conclusion of the poll, not the headline..

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@valleynative @shadeaux14 

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You can actually say that with what I assume is a straight face when Faux media, the most often wrong and prejudice media outlet on the planet is the Republican mouthpiece??? 

You can actually say that when the vast majority of Republicans CHOOSE to believe a fairy tale written by men that is backed up by ZERO factual evidence??? (the Bible)

ROFLMFAO!!!!!!

I gotta hand it to you Valley, your consistent if nothing else.. consistently crazy...

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@Flyer9753    Freaking dip shit.  See politician quote above.  You most obviously live in a similar physical state, i.e., head in your ass.  

Stupid fuck - you need to look beyond your limited little mind.  Have your big sister explain it to you.    

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@valleynative @Flyer9753 

There is nothing wrong with you having a DIFFERENT OPINION THAN YOU, but it is 100% wrong for you and others to state he IS doing things, that he is not doing.

Why don't you complain to the ammunition makers instead of pushing an unproven and totally whacko theory that you do above that he has anything to do with an ammunition shortage??

That's where you go wrong and you know it.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@Flyer9753

Yes, I am "nailing him to the cross" for holding the OPINION that my gun rights are not important.

There's nothing wrong with that.  The single most important factor in choosing our political leaders is the opinions they hold.  I'm sure you really do understand that, although you're apparently completely lost for a reason to disagree with me without inventing this one.


Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@valleynative @Flyer9753 

So he is on record with his OPINIONS, nothing more and he is as entitled to those opinions as you are to yours. 

Numerous presidents have tried assault weapons bans, some republican, some democrats. Can't use that against him.

Numerous weapons are banned from import, again by both republican and democratic presidents - Bush banned over 50 different types of weapons from import, was he trying to take everyones guns away? Why not if you are using that argument against Obama?

You are nailing him to the cross sans evidence of anything other than his opinion, which he is entitled to. You say he does not respect gun rights, yet you still have your gun don't you and not because he let you keep it, because he has done nothing to take it away.

I thought you were an American that supported American values, yet here you are, stating someone is something and trying to do something, sans any proof to back it up, unless of course you ignore your own hypocrisy.

Clearly I was wrong thinking you actually stood behind your claim to be an American.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@shadeaux14 @valleynative  

I wasn't referring to this particular poll, although it's also dangerous to believe the results of a poll without reading the published methodology and analysis.

 

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@valleynative @Flyer9753 

ROFLMFAO!!! Are you now really trying to say that Faux is not pushing an agenda, that they are only agreeing???

Wow, you just keep digging yourself in deeper and deeper.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@Flyer9753 @valleynative  

Maybe you don't understand what it means for a publication to be the "mouthpiece" for an organization.  It's not the same as simply agreeing with them.

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@valleynative @Flyer9753 

You bet huh? Nope, you lose, like usual.

And yes, Faux is the Republican parties mouthpiece, especially the Teabaggers mouthpiece

Sooner or later I hope you face reality Valley, I really hate to see someone waste their life like you are, living a delusion.

Seriously, get some help Valley, professional help.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@Flyer9753

Another great example is the fact that you consider Fox News to be "the Republican mouthpiece".  I'll bet you read that in an article at some point and have never questioned it.

I understand that Fox News leans strongly to the right (I don't watch network news), but that doesn't make them anybody's mouthpiece.

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@valleynative

Just keep in mind that everything you just said, also goes for those who throw stones like "Democrats more likely to believe headlines without question" while standing in a glass house with cracked panes

You throw out the "Democrats more likely to believe headlines without question" stone and have the audacity to say others are blinded by party lines??? 

ROFLMFAO!!!!! Your hypocrisy is amazing.. amazingly sad.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@Flyer9753

Yes, I can say that, despite the fact that,as you say, many Republicans are just as stupid as many Democrats.

As a rule of thumb, if you're stupid enough to blindly follow either party line, you really shouldn't be voting. 

I guess you'd be surprised to learn that most Democrats believe that same fairy tale.  That's a great example of how you're blinded by party lines.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@ashburn.station.rd   Haven't done a thing have you you miserly, cowardly, selfish little weasel.  I bet you are a taker as well.  Unemployment, welfare, food stamps?  Freaking parasite!  

And more lies from the shit bird that can't seem to argue facts and needs to resort to fabrications.  What site was it again in which I was "banned"?     

ashburn.station.rd
ashburn.station.rd

@fishingblues @ashburn.station.rd As for your words, we both know they were expunged when you were banned from yet another site (go ahead and deny it, it's not like anyone thinks you have an ounce of courage). As for my contribution to society, I do more than hang around the internet, talking tough and claiming I've made greater sacrifices than actual veterans. So, there's that. 

ashburn.station.rd
ashburn.station.rd

@fishingblues @ashburn.station.rd Isn't it kind of a stretch for you, playing the "hard man?" I'm not the one who "avoided" the draft, and then claimed that their voluntary organ donation was "an equal, if not greater sacrifice" (your words, Hero) to ones made in combat.   Somehow, I doubt many people even close to able-bodied have much to fear from the likes of you. 

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@ashburn.station.rd @fishingblues   Just a big mouth.  There is an old saying:  "Don't let your alligator mouth overload your hummingbird ass".  Seems to fit shit bird.  You are obviously a pathetic little shit stain with no redeeming qualities whatever.  A freaking lying coward as well.   

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@ashburn.station.rd   Gol dang, assburn, still a lying little cacksucker I see.  One thing about being outed as a freaking lying slug.  You are now seen as a piece of shite on-line, same as real life.

The listening audience is still waiting to hear what it is YOU have done to help mankind.  You believe organ donation is no big thing?  Step up fuck stick.  Let's see if you have the courage to go through the testing, have major surgery and have a major organ extracted from your body.  What are we waiting for tough guy or are you just a big mouth?  We all already know the answer.  

ashburn.station.rd
ashburn.station.rd

@fishingblues @Flyer9753 Poor Fishy... still reeling from being outed as a Vietnam Draft Dodger, trying to make the world believe, through his fearless typing, that he's a brave warrior against the forces of darkness bent of destroying this country.... and *not* a silly, decrepit old fool, wallowing in irrelevance and his own filth.


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