QAnon-Linked Conspiracy Theories Believed by 1 in 4 in U.K.

One in four Brits believes that influential "secret Satanic cults" exist, with nearly 10 percent saying they support the QAnon conspiracy theory, according to a survey.

A new survey from Hope Not Hate reveals that 25 percent of Brits agree or strongly agree with the statement "secret Satanic cults exist and include influential elites"—a key belief of the QAnon movement.

This figure rose when broken down into younger demographics, with 35 percent of 18-24s and 33 percent of 25-34-year-olds saying they agree with the statement.

However, the survey says this may not correlate directly with believing the QAnon theory. The belief that influential elites secretly engage in devil-worship predates QAnon by hundreds of years.

When asked about QAnon directly, a large majority of the British population (76 percent) said they still have not heard about it, with 6 percent saying they were not sure.

The poll was conducted before President Donald Trump failed to disavow the disproven theory during the NBC Town Hall earlier this month.

Elsewhere, 25 percent of those surveyed also said they agree that Hollywood elites, politicians and others in positions of power are "secretly engaging in large-scale child-trafficking and abuse."

Hope Not Hate said continuing revelations about the late billionaire and pedophile Jeffrey Epstein may have led people to agree with the statement.

The number of those who have heard of QAnon increases for younger people, with 24 percent of 18-24s saying they have heard of the theory, along with 26 percent of 25-34-year-olds.

The survey states that nearly one in ten (8 percent) Brits support QAnon, with 4 percent claiming to be a "strong supporter" supporter and 4 percent say they are a soft supporter of the radical conspiracy theory.

Hope Not Hate said that one potential barrier that could stop QAnon from getting embraced by the U.K. is the population's poor opinion of Trump.

The survey found that 77 percent of Brits hope Trump loses the upcoming election, and a majority view him in a "very unfavorable" light.

QAnon supporters believe Trump is the savior from the satanic pedophiles and cannibals and is waging a secret war against them.

"However, as we outline elsewhere in the report, the theory has developed outside its orthodox incarnation, downplaying many of the U.S.-centric elements and thus becoming more translatable to other national contexts, meaning that negativity towards Trump may not be the barrier it once was," the survey adds.

The poll also found that a worrying number of people agree with anti-Semitic theories or claims about COVID-19.

A total of 17 percent of people agreed with the statement that "Jews have disproportionate control of powerful institutions, and use that power for their own benefit and against the good of the general population." The Anti-Defamation League has previously accused QAnon of being a far-right theory that pushes anti-Semitic claims.

More than one in five (23 percent) said they believe that COVID-19 is a "bio-weapon intentionally spread by the Chinese state to weaken Western economies," with 17 percent believing that the virus was intentionally released as part of a "'depopulation' plan orchestrated by the U.N. or New World Order."

Hope Not Hate said that while QAnon remains on the fringe in the U.K., the survey indicates young people are more open to anti-Semitic theories and the notion that "sexual predation and Satanism are at work" amongst those in power.

"This suggests that there is room for QAnon to spread further, bringing together those already susceptible to its worldview."

The survey of 2,000 adults was conducted between September 8 and September 11.

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A woman shouts as she holds a placard reading "Q Army" (a reference to the Q-anon movement), during a protest against the measures to counter the coronavirus pandemic in the front of the Romanian Government headquarters August 10, 2020. A survey finds that one in four people in Britain agree with conspiracies pushed by QAnon, DANIEL MIHAILESCU/AFP/Getty