Fifteen percent of all Americans believe the false, discredited QAnon conspiracy theory and are convinced that the world’s power structures are controlled by a cadre of Satan-worshipping, baby eating pedophiles, according to results of a new survey. What’s more, white evangelicals, Hispanic Protestants and members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are the most likely to believe in QAnon as a direct result of the type of media they consume.
The survey was released today by the Public Religion Research Institute. Of the more than 5,600 people surveyed, 20 percent believe that a “storm” is coming to sweep the pedophiles out of power and 15 percent agree that violence by “true American patriots” may be necessary to “save” a country that has gotten so far off track.
Belief in the conspiracy is especially strong in three religious communities. For example, 25 percent of white evangelical Protestants, 26 percent of Hispanic Protestants and 18 percent of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said they buy into the fantasy. Researchers noted that media consumption habits were “by far the strongest independent predictor of QAnon beliefs.” Specifically, those who most trusted far-right news outlets, such as One America News Network and Newsmax, were nearly nine times more likely to be QAnon believers compared with those who most trust mainstream broadcast networks such as ABC, CBS and NBC.
Among religious groups, this mirrors recent Religion News Service reporting on PRRI data that found members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (eight percent), white evangelical Protestants (seven percent) and Hispanic Protestants (five percent) are most likely to watch far-right news outlets.