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August 12, 2006

33% of Americans Say Yes

Filed under:   by Xrlq @ 8:37 am

Recently we’ve read that 38% of Americans polled believe the U.S. government is withholding information about UFOs proof of the existence of intelligent life from other planets, and 36% think 9/11 was an inside job. Now, E&P reports that 39% of Americans polled think think Muslims should be required to carry a special ID.

Time for my own poll. Is there any question so wacky that one-third of the population will not answer it in the affirmative?

UPDATE: Methinks more than one-third of the people who read this entry found it here. Does that mean y’all will become regular readers of this blog? Remember, if the last two guys before you said no…

37 Responses to “33% of Americans Say Yes”

  1. SayUncle » That explains all those weight loss ads on telephone poles Says:

    […] 1/3 of people will believe anything. […]

  2. See-Dubya Says:


  3. Dee-Subya Says:


  4. Ellison Says:


  5. nk Says:

    Flat earth?

  6. Xrlq Says:

    Hell, no. Everyone knows the earth ain’t flat.

  7. XLRQ Says:

    I don’t think so.

  8. Chinese Xrlq Says:

    Yes, frat. The wold is definitery frat.

  9. craig mclaughlin Says:

    Is Alex Rodriguez worth what he’s paid?

  10. Dean Esmay Says:

    One thing to bear in mind is that a lot of this depends on how the question is asked.

  11. Sailorcurt Says:

    One thing to bear in mind is that a lot of this depends on how the question is asked.

    Gungrabber “scientific” poll question:

    Crime in this country is out of control. The streets are awash in guns and thousands of children are killed each year as a result of gun violence. How do you believe that this problem should be addressed?

    A. Ban all private gun ownership

    B. Ban assault weapons capable of spraying hundreds of bullets per second and are the weapon of choice for criminals

    C. Ban cheap, Saturday Night Special handguns that can be purchased at the corner store for $20 and are the weapon of choice for criminals

    D. Ban powerful, high capacity handguns that are easy to conceal and are the weapon of choice for criminals


    Gungrabber Press Release regarding their “poll”: “80% of Americans support banning guns!”

  12. BR Says:

    If I answer “yes” to one of these questions does that make me only 1/3 wacky, or totally wacky?

  13. Sigivald Says:

    It’s worse than “withholding information about UFOs”, which is almost certainly true (in taht some “UFOs” were/are top-secret aviation programs, and that information is withheld).

    The actual wording seems to be “The federal government is withholding proof of the existence of intelligent life from others planets”, which is a much stronger claim.

  14. Xrlq Says:

    Good point. Updated accordingly.

  15. triticale Says:

    One-third of the population does not believe that there any question so wacky that one-third of the population will not answer it in the affirmative.

  16. cowalker Says:

    Well, that would explain why W’s approval ratings may bottom out around 30%. If more than 30% of the population believe the assertions you list above, I imagine 30% will always say “heckuva job, W!”

  17. Me Says:

    I asked three people. The answers were…
    1. No
    2. No
    3. Yes.

  18. richard r Says:

    Yes, there is such a question.

    The question is: Is Elvis Prestly alive? Only 20% of the population answers yes.

  19. lewy14 Says:

    My suggestion for a poll question:

    “Agree or disagree: The US invasion of Iraq is one of the root causes for 9/11”.

    I’m betting you’d get at least 15% agreed.

  20. Mister Snitch! Says:

    Actually I think the flat-Earthers have hung tough at around 18% or so for as long as I can remember.


  21. karl Says:

    Try this – the ultimate conspiracy of all: Hidden Nazi UFO bases in Antarctica next to the entrance of the Hollow Earth. Even better, they were set up with the cooperation of the Gray Aliens! For more on this critical discovery, go here: http://www.nexusmagazine.com/articles/SecretWar1.html

  22. D. Greene Says:

    1/6 of americans are crazy beyond redemption. Another 1/6 are just messing with pollsters (I hope).

  23. Ellers Ellison "Ellsberg" McWilson Says:

    Jealous much?

    The American people have had their statements read on the floor of the Senate, have a law degree, and are author of the New York Times Best Selling Book “How Would An American Person Act?” Their comments often lead to front-page stories on most major newspapers in the country. And they have one of the most-read blogs on the Interent, after just 9 months of blogging. I love how all you super-important bloggers attack me, I mean them, just to get traffic.

    I bid you GOOD DAY, sir.

  24. Brian Greenberg Says:

    Apparently, only 1 in 5 dentists don’t recommend sugarless gum to their patients who chew gum. Although that’s pretty old data at this point.

    Do you think maybe it’s 1.5 in 5 now?

    Or maybe they were just rounding?

    The mind boggles…

  25. RPD Says:

    You can fool all of the people some of the time, you can fool some of the people all of the time, but you can’t fool all of the people all of the time.

  26. Kyle Bennett Says:

    “Good point. Updated accordingly.”

    Interesting update. Quoted as you currently have it, minus the struck text:

    “the U.S. government is proof of the existence of intelligent life from others planets”

    Now _that_ is a wacky claim. If it was “proof that our alien overlords have a sense of humor”, maybe…

    [Yikes, I really need to hire an editor. I’m beginning to remind myself of the (apocryphal?) small town newspaper that ran a correction apologizing to Lt. So-And-So for inadvertently referring to his department as the defective branch of the police force, when of course they intended to say he worked for the detective branch of the police farce. -X]

  27. Mike G in Corvallis Says:

    One thing is for certain: there is no stopping them; the ants will soon be here. And I for one welcome our new insect overlords …

  28. Jay Manifold Says:

    One-third of the American people agree that my entirely logical, supportable theory that George Bush is a reptilian shapeshifting alien is being sabotaged by the obviously ridiculous, planted theory that hidden Nazi UFO bases in Antarctica were set up next to the entrance of the Hollow Earth with the cooperation of the Gray Aliens. Also, that we should nuke the entire Middle East into a parking lot and require smokers to wear distinctive clothing.

  29. gopop Says:

    #11 sailercurt

    E: Ban children.

  30. AST Says:

    Did they ask political affiliations? 15 years ago, I’d have bet most of the 33% were rightwing loonies. Today, most of them would be voters for Ned Lamont, or San Franciscans.

    Republicans have shown themselves too inept to have pulled off any of these conspiracies.

  31. dustbury.com Says:

    Poll-ish jokes…

    Sean Gleeson has a complaint about the royal Timese machine: The cover of the magazine shows Hillary’s face, and underneath it only two choices, “LOVE HER” and “HATE HER.” Purchasers……

  32. mojo Says:

    Oh, definitely.

    With reservations.

  33. Kate Says:

    Haha this is great. It sure explains why the idiots who read my site believe the crap I post!

  34. spike 1 Says:

    yes,but is there intelligent life on earth,that is the question.From some of the comments that I have read on kates blog I have have found that it is not distributed equally.

  35. Chris Green Says:

    >Is there any question so wacky that one-third of the population will not answer it in the affirmative?

    Since thats in the ballpark of W’s approval rating, I’d have to say “no”.

  36. ronrob Says:

    I am one of the 35 that douesnt believe in this crap about scitsophrenia. and so am I

  37. Gunney99 Says:

    Chris Green Says: Since thats in the ballpark of W’s approval rating, I’d have to say “no”.
    A recent poll found that 30% of Americans believe that 9/11 was a conspiracy involving the Bush Whitehouse.
    I have to believe it’s not the same 30+% in every case. 1/3 think for themselves, 1/3 believe what the MM tells them, and 1/3 believe anything, thus 67% of Canadians believe in the 9/11 conspiracy as well.
    Reason: Americans have access to media truth by just switching channels; Canadians who are too lazy to hunt the Blog sites digest the same media pablum day in/day out.

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