Half of Dutchies believe in at least one conspiracy theory — and 97% of the far-right

Nee hoor, that’s not a typo! The far right overwhelmingly support alternative truths, with the FVD making up the bulk of believers in conspiracy theories.

The infamous Donald Trump may have publicised the concept of “alternative facts”, but conspiracy theories have been lurking in the shadows for millennia.

Just this week, Hart van Nederland reported that populist party FVD leader Thierry Baudet announced his coming out — as a complotdenker (conspiracy thinker).

Follow the leader, says the FVD

To no one’s surprise, it is FVD supporters that are most open to alternative facts.

A whopping 94% of these voters say that one or more existing conspiracy theory is likely to be true.

About 45% of them believe that the September 11 attacks were faked, and 83% claim that the media is in cahoots with the government.

Weatherman: “In the night from Saturday to Sunday we switch to winter time. Don’t forget to turn back your clock!”
Conspiracy theorist: “The TYRANNIC GOVERNMENT puts a GREAT RESET on my watch 😡 #Irejectit” *bangs on sliding door of Albert Heijn an hour before opening time*

Surely some of them believe the moon landing was faked, we hear you ask. Oh, ja — 23% think that NASA was playing a cheeky hoax on all of us.

(Oh, we do love those funny pranksters at NASA!)

Education and spirituality play major roles

There seems to be a relationship between the level of education one receives, and how open they are to conspiracy theories.

About 79% of those with no education, or only primary school education, seem to believe in the possibility of alternative facts.

Similarly, people that are more spiritually inclined are about 60% more likely to drink at the tap of conspiracy theories.

As does our good friend social media

The widespread reach of social media has helped users find groups of like-minded people.

However, this has also resulted in echo chambers being formed, where (according to Hart van Nederland) people become “convinced of their own rightness”.

What do you think of this finding? Tell us all about it in the comments below!

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Liana Pereira 🇱🇰
Liana Pereira 🇱🇰
Liana juggles her role as an Editor with wrapping up a degree in cognitive linguistics and assisting with DutchReview's affiliate portfolio. Since arriving in the Netherlands for her studies in 2018, she's thrilled to have the 'write' opportunity to help other internationals feel more at home here — whether that's by penning an article on the best SIMs to buy in NL, the latest banking features, or important things to know about Dutch health insurance.


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