According to a survey performed in all 50 states of the United States, nearly 31 million people believe the QAnon-fueled conspiracy theory that the country is governed by a bunch of Satan-worshipping paedophiles.
The study, conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) in Washington, polled more than 5,500 persons over the course of two weeks in March and analyzed the results to establish the strongest predictor of whether someone is a QAnon conspiracy supporter.
Despite religious beliefs, support for Donald Trump, and belief in other false narratives can all be markers, the poll found that the choice of a TV news channel is the main determinant.
According to the PRRI, people who trust correct technique are nine times more likely to believe in QAnon than people who trust standard broadcast network news, as reported by Vice. According to the survey, those who support the Republican Party were also more likely to believe in the plot.
The belief that members of the US government, media, and banking worlds are "dominated by a cabal of Satan-worshipping pedophiles who oversee a global child sex trafficking network" is one of the most well-known conspiracies fostered by QAnon.
The theory has previously been used to explain the behavior of former President Donald Trump and other elevated figures in the United States, with followers convinced that there is a big ‘plan' to expose those involved in the terrible offenses.
QAnon is easily America's fastest-growing religion, a new @PRRIpoll poll finds.— Khaled Diab (@DiabolicalIdea) May 27, 2021
A whopping 15% of Americans believe that their country is controlled by a "group of Satan-worshipping paedophiles" and that "true patriots" may have to resort to violence.https://t.co/T5wXn6Gqsr pic.twitter.com/HxKwvYqjZI
Even though most individuals dismiss the notion, the PRRI discovered that 15% of Americans – or around 31 million people – believe in it.
Moreover, 20% feel that a ‘storm is approaching that will sweep away the power elites and restore the real leaders,
' and 15% of respondents say that ‘because things have gotten so far off track, true American patriots may have to resort to violence in order to save our country.'
Commenting on the findings, the report’s author wrote,
‘Media news consumption is by far the strongest independent predictor of QAnon beliefs. Remarkably, those who report most trusting far-right media sources are nearly nine times more likely to be QAnon believers compared to those who most trust broadcast networks such as ABC, CBS, and NBC.’
The fact that Trump, whom many QAnoners backed and hoped would trigger the "storm" that would reveal the atrocities, had been out of power for two months when the survey was conducted demonstrates the power QAnon appears to wield over people who believe in the theory.
Meanwhile, three months before the survey, Q, the movement's unknown leader, had vanished from the internet.
Although not all of those who believe in the ideas outlined in the survey identify as QAnon members, the data provide the first solid indicator of the conspiracy's popularity in the United States.
Article Source: unilad.co.uk