30% of Republicans have 'favorable' view of QAnon conspiracy theory, YouGov poll finds




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  • 2021-01-14 03:39:38Z
  • By Business Insider
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  • A YouGov survey of 1,500 US citizens found that 30% of self-identified Republicans have a favorable view of "QAnon."

  • QAnon is a baseless far-right conspiracy theory that claims President Donald Trump is secretly fighting a "deep state" cabal of satanic pedophiles and cannibals.

  • A December NPR/Ipsos survey found that 23% of Republicans believe in the baseless conspiracy theory.

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A new poll from YouGov found that around 30% of self-identified Republicans have a favorable view of QAnon, the baseless far-right conspiracy theory that claims President Donald Trump is secretly fighting a "deep state" cabal of satanic pedophiles and cannibals.

The poll of 1,500 US citizens found that an overwhelming majority of Americans - around 63% - have a somewhat unfavorable or very unfavorable opinion of the conspiracy movement. A plurality of Republicans, 39%, agree.

But according to the survey, 30% of GOP voters who say they have a positive response to the conspiracy theory, which represents a sizable bloc of the party.

The results are also not an outlier. In December 2020, an NPR/Ipsos poll found that 17% of Americans - and 23% of Republicans - believe that a "group of Satan-worshipping elites who run a child sex ring are trying to control our politics and media," a key tenet of QAnon.

Only 47% of those surveyed, including a majority of Democrats, were confident that the assertion was false. Meanwhile, at least two new Republican members of Congress - Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia and Lauren Boebert of Colorado - are avowed followers of the "Q" hoax.

As Insider's Rachel Greenspan has noted, QAnon, though decidedly online, is essentially a repackage of centuries-old anti-Semitic canards about child sacrifice and global domination.

Have a news tip? Email this reporter: cdavis@insider.com

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