People who believe in conspiracy theories are more likely to support autocratic rule

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A series of three studies in Greece and the U.S. has indicated that individuals who tend to believe in conspiracies are more inclined to oppose democracy and endorse autocracy. These individuals also often feel politically powerless. The U.S. study showed that increasing the perceived presence of conspiracies also increases support for autocratic rule. The study was published in the European Journal of Social Psychology.

Conspiracy beliefs are convictions or ideas that suggest secret or hidden forces are responsible for significant events, often involving deception or manipulation by powerful …

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