QAnon Beliefs Plummet Among Republicans After Capitol Riots: Poll

Belief in the QAnon conspiracy theory has fallen in the wake of Donald Trump losing the election, the attack on the U.S Capitol and the absence of the predicted mass arrests and executions at President Joe Biden's inauguration, according to a poll.

A Morning Consult survey has found that while eight percent of Americans still believe the radical conspiracy theory is "very accurate" and a further 10 percent consider its claims "somewhat accurate," this 18 percent figure is a six-point drop from a similar poll in October.

The survey notes that 14 percent of adults said the same thing in a poll conducted between January 8-11—shortly after the deadly attack on the Capitol by a mob that included QAnon supporters.

Trust in the widely debunked conspiracy listed as a domestic terrorist threat by the FBI is also dropping among Republicans. According to the survey, 24 percent of GOP voters who have heard of QAnon say its claims are at least somewhat accurate—a 14-point drop from October.

The polling follows a turbulent few months for the radical far-right movement, which considered Trump a savior-like figure who was going to rescue the world from satanic pedophiles and take down the "deep state" working against him.

Despite Trump losing the election in November then repeatedly failing to overturn the result, QAnon supporters claimed this was all part of "the plan" and he would start arresting and executing high-profile child abusers, including leading Democrats, at Biden's inauguration on January 20.

After the mass execution event—referred to as "the storm" by QAnon—failed to take place once again, many conspiracy theorists finally realized they had been lied to and began questioning why they had been a part of the movement.

Given how QAnon has evolved from a fringe internet conspiracy in the past few months, it is perhaps unsurprising that awareness of it has grown.

According to the survey, 36 percent of adults say they have heard some or a lot of things about QAnon, up from 27 percent who said this in October. Forty-five percent have still heard "nothing at all" about the theory.

One in 20 said they had a "very favorable" impression of QAnon, with a further six percent stating they had a "somewhat favorable" view of the far-right and anti-Semitic conspiracy theory.

More than half (51 percent) believe the spread of conspiracy theories on social media platforms is a "major problem" despite sites such as Twitter and Facebook attempting to clamp down on QAnon.

Almost three-quarters of those polled (73 percent) said they believed people got their information about QAnon from social media, compared to 14 percent for mainstream media and 39 percent for talk radio.

A third (36 percent) said social media companies were performing "poorly" on preventing the spread of conspiracy theories, including those related to COVID-19 and the election.

The Morning Consult poll of 2,200 adults was conducted on January 28-30 and has a two-point margin of error. The margin of error for the sample of adults who have heard of QAnon is three points.

A QAnon sign at the Stop the Steal rally on January 6 outside the U.S. Capitol. The number of Republicans who believe in the conspiracy theory has fallen over the past few months, according to a poll. Robert Nickelsberg/Getty