The good news for the White House is that three of four respondents to a Public Policy Polling survey say they do not believe that Barack Obama is the Antichrist, the epitome of evil that the Bible explains will come to deceive people during the End Times.
But on the other hand, 13 percent are convinced he is, and another 13 percent – for a total of one in four across the nation – say they aren’t sure.
It was question No. 8 on the organization’s national survey. Other questions asked whether people believed in global warming, whether Osama bin Laden was alive and whether a UFO crashed at Roswell, N.M., in 1947 and the U.S. government covered it up.
According to the London Guardian, the survey asked about a number of conspiracy theories, which the report described as “insane.”
The survey falls on the heels of the online world exploding with comments when the devil in the recent “The Bible” television miniseries bore a more-than-passing resemblance to Obama. Earlier, prophecy websites had a field day after Obama sparred with a fly, and it was reported he’s had a history of attracting flies during interviews. Religious and other websites noted that a biblical term for Satan, the Semitic deity Beelzebub, literally translates from Hebrew into “Lord of the Flies.”
In the poll, 37 percent of respondents believe global warming is a hoax, 6 percent believe Osama bin Laden remains alive, 21 percent think that UFO crashed at Roswell, and 28 percent hold that a “secretive power elite with a globalist agenda is conspiring to eventually rule the world.”
In addition, 28 percent believe Saddam Hussein was involved in the 2001 terror attacks, 20 percent think there’s a link between childhood vaccines and autism, 7 percent believe the moon landing was faked, 29 percent believe in aliens, and 9 percent believe the reason the government adds fluoride to drinking water is more sinister than health reasons.
“Even crazy conspiracy theories are subject to partisan polarization, especially when there are political overtones involved,” said Dean Debnam, president of PPP. “But most Americans reject the wackier ideas out there about fake moon landings and shape-shifting lizards.”
The poll of 1,247 registered American voters last month has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.8 percent.
The poll indicated that even 5 percent of those who voted for Obama believe he is the Antichrist, as do 22 percent of Mitt Romney supporters.
Obama’s encounters with flies earlier drew attention.
“This guy is bothering me here,” said Obama, who repeatedly swatted at a large black fly buzzing near his face during a speech.
The London Telegraph noted a White House pool report said “the president spoke for about five minutes while being menaced by a house fly.”
It was not the president’s first brush with a fly while the cameras were rolling. In 2010, Obama halted a speech about health care reform as a fly zipped around him. During a June 2009 CNBC interview, Obama killed a fly on camera.
During a 2008 campaign appearance, Obama halted a local interview after a swarm of flies had gathered around him.
At RevelationNow.net, a posting by "editorial staff" mused about whether Obama is possessed by a demonic entity.
"I feel like I am watching a horror movie and the secret evil character is revealed by the evil signs around him," the post read.
Twitter exploded with comments when viewers of the miniseries "The Bible" saw an eerie similarity between the face of Obama and that of the Satan character, played by actor Mehdi Ouzaani.
Media giant Glenn Beck was among the first to make the connection, tweeting, "Anyone else think the Devil in #TheBible Sunday on History Channel looks exactly like That Guy?"
Beck refers to Obama as "That Guy" because of a vow not to utter the name of the president this year.
Twitter user @Leah Christie, tweeted, "Oh my word ... watching The History Channel's The Bible ... does Satan look familiar to anyone else?"
Other tweets included:
- @Hunt4Photos: "History channel/last night/show: The Bible. Why did Satan look just like President Obama? Pissed off man!"
- Slhappy Gilmore@KPOView: "I was so excited about #TheBible as it's a way to bring it to life for all to see. But political statements like Satan=Obama, we lose."
- Stephanie Jefferson@mittchick: "I am so relieved to know that my eyes and mind were not playing tricks on me when I thought Satan resembled Obama in #TheBible"
- VictorJett Contreras@victorjett: WHA! Did the Bible miniseries on History Channel make the Devil look like Obama. Crazy. Ridiculous."
Rush Limbaugh held up a photo of the actor on his famous "Dittocam" to show viewers that the Satan character was "a dead ringer" for Obama.
"Folks, it is uncanny," Limbaugh noted, before quipping, "In light of that picture ... the question that sprang to everybody's mind is: if Satan had a son, would he look like the guy [in the White House]?"
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It's not the first time a connection has been made between evil in the Bible and Obama.
On Nov. 5, 2008, the very night Obama was first elected president, the Illinois Pick 3 lottery number for the Evening Pick was 666, a number associated with "the beast" mentioned in the Book of Revelation. Obama's home state at the time was Illinois.
Other results of the new Public Policy Polling survey?
Four percent believe shape-shifting reptilian alien people control the world, 25 percent think Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in killing Kennedy, 14 percent believe in Bigfoot and 15 percent think the media or the government adds mind-control technology to television signals.
Also, 15 percent say new diseases are invented by the pharmaceutical and medical industries, 11 percent believe the U.S. allowed the 9/11 terror attacks and 5 percent say Paul McCartney died in 1966 and was replaced by a lookalike.