May 31, 2021

A quarter of White Protestants believe QAnon conspiracies

The core belief of QAnon is believed by 15% of all Americans, 23% of Republicans, and 25% of white Evangelicals. A recent P.R.R.I.-I.F.Y.C poll looked at American belief in the core QAnon belief that “The government, media, and financial worlds in the U.S. are controlled by a group of Satan-worshipping pedophiles who run a global child sex trafficking operation.” The poll found that 46% of Americans reject this claim and 41% doubt it. The poll also indicates much higher belief levels among political and religious conservatives.

In America Robert David Sullivan wrote:

Among Republicans in the latest poll, 23 percent said they agreed with the QAnon pedophile conspiracy theory, as did 25 percent of white evangelical Protestants. Among respondents who said they most trusted what the pollsters call “far-right news outlets such as OANN and Newsmax” (but not including Fox News), 40 percent agreed with the QAnon theory, far higher than for any other group identified in the survey.

 

The relatively low number of QAnon believers among white Catholics may be related to their news consumption habits and their educational attainment. The authors of the study announcing the results of the poll note that “Americans without a college education are three times as likely as Americans with a college education to be QAnon believers (18% vs. 6%).”



 

In fact, when the authors tried to isolate characteristics of QAnon believers, using a logistic regression model, it found little to differentiate major religious groups. “Accounting for everything else,” they write, “Hispanic Catholics (2.9) and Hispanic Protestants (2.7) are about three times more likely than the religiously unaffiliated to be QAnon believers. Similarly, white Catholics (1.8), white evangelical Protestants (1.6), and white mainline Protestants (1.6) are nearly twice as likely as the religiously unaffiliated to be QAnon believers.” But those who trusted far-right news outlets more than any other information sources were 8.8 times more likely to be QAnon believers than were those who trusted the major broadcast networks the most.

Read the entire article here.

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