Farber and Rudner: How Anti-Semitism has drawn strength from belief in conspiracies

June 12 poll by Abacus Data highlights the degree to which conspiracy theories, no longer confined to the extremes of the political spectrum, have multiplied and spread into the mainstream.

The survey of 1,500 Canadians noted that 44 per cent of respondents believed that “small groups of people working in secret against us,” are responsible for wars, recessions and the outcomes of elections; almost as many (41 per cent) believed that “our lives are being controlled by plots hatched in secret places.” A smaller number (37 per cent) agreed that “there is a group of people in this country who are trying to replace native-born Canadians with those who agree with their political views.”