Nearly two-in-five Walker supporters nationwide believe in wacky conspiracy theory, a higher rate than typical GOP voterAre Scott Walker supporters more paranoid than typical GOP voters? It seems to be that way.
A recent poll conducted by Public Policy Polling shows that 32 percent of Republican voters believe in the conspiracy theory that President Barack Obama is planning to use a military exercise to invade the state of Texas.
Thankfully, a higher number of Republican voters (40 percent) consider that idea as nonsense (although 28 percent are unsure one way or another).
In the same poll, Scott Walker is leading the rest of the Republican field of declared or potential candidates to run for president in 2016. He holds 18 percent of the Republican vote, with the next highest contender being U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida) at 13 percent.
Among Walker’s supporters, 38 percent believe the Texas-Invasion conspiracy theory, with 36 percent of his supporters believing the story to be false. Twenty-seven percent were unsure.
Only two other GOP candidates for president (Senators Ted Cruz of Texas and Rand Paul of Kentucky) polled higher in believing the conspiracy theory. Those two candidates aren’t considered real contenders for the nomination, however: the combined totals for the two fare lower in Republican voters’ preference for the eventual nominee than Walker’s support overall (Cruz is at 10 percent while Paul is at two percent).
So the most popular “conspiracy-supported” candidate for president on the Republican side is Scott Walker. It stands to reason that, if you’re paranoid about Obama conspiracy theories, Walker is your man.
Let’s hope voters come to their senses before the primaries get under way.