A recent poll found that 64 percent of Republicans believe that President Barack Obama might be hiding something. It’s the conspiracy theory movement that has become mainline ‘truth’ in the right-leaning Republican Party. Thirty-six percent of Republicans think that President Obama’s supporters committed significant voter fraud in the 2012 elections.
Dan Cassino of Fairleigh Dickenson University conducted this poll released one week ago. “These beliefs in election fraud pop up after every election,” said Cassino. “Americans tend to be politically isolated, and some can’t fathom that there are people who actually voted for the other guy, so the only way he could have won is through cheating.”
Such is the closed mind and propaganda-filled skulls of the Low Information Voter.
In the poll, respondents were asked a series of four questions about current events, and respondents who were able to answer more questions correctly were less likely to endorse the conspiracy theories. Fifteen percent of people who got none of the questions right thought that three or four of the conspiracies were likely, compared to three percent of those who answered three or four correctly. Education also tended to reduce belief in the conspiracy theory.
Education, they said.
The pollsters reported that among Democrats, each question answered correctly reduces the likelihood of endorsing at least one of the conspiracy theories by 7 points. Among independents, each additional question reduces it by 2 points. For Republicans,though, each additional question answered correctly tends to increase belief in at least one of the theories by 2 points.
Did that say, increase?
“There are several possible explanations for this,” said Cassino. “It could be that more conspiracy-minded Republicans seek out more information, or that the information some Republicans seek out just tends to reinforce these myths.
Could right-wing radio and/or FoxNews be culpable in this scenario? You know, feeding the low information voters with pap and propaganda?
Do ya think?