But we should be clear that it truly is a fringe movement. True QAnon believers are a very small percentage of the population. Republicans should have little electoral fear of speaking out against QAnon in particular, even if certain conspiracy theories (such as falsely believing Donald Trump lost reelection only because of fraud) have been prevalent in some circles.
When we break it down by party, we do see that QAnon is somewhat more popular in Republican circles. Even there, though, it’s just 16% who have heard of QAnon and think it’s a good thing for the country. A mere 3% of Democrats have heard of QAnon and think it’s a good thing. More recent online polling has shown a similar percentage of people hold favorable opinions of QAnon.
These numbers for QAnon as a way of thinking are in line with or even lower than some for conspiracy theories that have invaded Republican circles in recent years.
During Barack Obama’s presidency, some argued, falsely, that Obama was a Muslim. (He’s Christian.)
Among all Americans, 13% said Obama was born in another country. When undecideds were pushed, 20% of Americans in total said there was solid evidence or suspicion that Obama was born outside the United States. That jumped to 28% with Republicans.
QAnon, however bad, is clearly not as widely believed.
Perhaps it’s best to look at one of the nuttier conspiracy theories of all time to show you just how few people believe in QAnon. Some people believe, falsely, that America faked the moon landing in 1969.
Put another way, there are about the same number of people or even fewer who like QAnon as there are people who believe America didn’t put a man on the moon.
The key in the next few months and years ahead is to make sure that as few people believe in QAnon as the polling indicates they do now. Gone unchecked, QAnon, like any conspiracy, could grow. As long as people fight back, QAnon will likely remain a fringe movement.
Source: CNNPolitics – Breaking News