Amechi Idumuebor – (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – A new survey has shown more than 25 per cent of Americans and 44 per cent of Republicans believe an outlandish conspiracy theory that Bill Gates is plotting to use a Covid-19 vaccine to implant microchips in people.
The survey, conducted by Yahoo News and YahooGov, asked 1,640 Americans about the conspiracy theory between May 20 and 21.
Some 28 per cent of US adults who took part said they believed the widely debunked theory and 44 per cent of people who identified as Republicans thought it was true.
In contrast, 19 per cent of Democrats believed the conspiracy theory about Bill Gates, who in addition to his business ventures is well known for his public-health philanthropy. A majority of Democrats (52%) were able to identify the theory as false.
Conspiracy theorists claim, falsely, that Gates is using the Covid-19 pandemic as a way to push a vaccine which includes a microchip capable of tracking people, and thus the world’s population.
Some conspiracy theorists even go as far to say that he plans to eradicate 15 per cent of the world’s population with the hypothetical vaccine.