QAnon: A quarter of Republicans in favour of conspiracy theory cult, poll finds


A survey of American attitudes towards the prosecution of those Donald Trump supporters who took part in the US Capitol riot on 6 January has found that almost a quarter of Republicans think favourably of the QAnon conspiracy cult.

While 70 per cent of GOP voters polled by Pew Research took exception to the movement, which posits that a secret cabal of left-wing paedophile Satanists run world governments from the shadows, some 24 per cent said they held a favourable impression of it.

And six per cent of Democrats said they also held a positive opinion of the group whose acolytes took part in the failed insurrection, intended to overturn Joe Biden’s election win.

The poll also found that QAnon, which has taken root on social media after originating on 4chan in October 2017 and thriving during the coronavirus pandemic, was still not widely understood.

Only 23 per cent of Republicans said they had “a lot” or “some” knowledge of what the conspiracy theory actually entails or what its adherents believe. Thirty-one percent of respondents said they did not know much about it and 39 per cent admitted they knew nothing at all.



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