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  • Ryan Wittler

QAnon’s Grip on the Nation

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Twenty-three percent of Republicans agree with the following statement: “The government, media, and financial worlds in the U.S. are controlled by a group of Satan-worshipping pedophiles who run a child sex trafficking operation.” I.e., the central false tenet of the QAnon conspiracy theory. The stat comes from a new survey by the non-partisan Public Religion Research Institute that asked respondents whether they agreed with several statements revolving around the central QAnon conspiracy. Those Republicans aren’t alone, either. Eight percent of Democrats and 14% of Independents agree with the above statement. Overall, 15% of Americans subscribe to the QAnon conspiracy theory, shedding light on just how pervasive it is. Other scary findings: Twenty-eight percent of Republicans and 14% of Democrats also agree that “there is a storm coming soon that will sweep away the elites in power and restore the rightful leaders” of the U.S. Another 28% of Republicans and 7% of Democrats agree with the statement: “Because things have gotten so far off track, true American patriots may have to resort to violence in order to save our country.” “This will turn out great.” - No one

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