The survey is from the early summer of 2020: According to a study by the University of Leipzig, supporters of the AfD are more receptive to conspiracy narratives than voters from other parties.

According to the scientists, this also applies to Covid-19.

"Nevertheless, it should be noted that conspiracy narratives are also spreading beyond this and are not limited to people in the right-wing spectrum," says the paper, which refers to a representative survey.

In order to measure the approval of corona-related conspiracy narratives, the respondents should position themselves on two statements: "The actual background of the corona disease will never come to the public light" and "The corona crisis was talked about so big that a few can benefit from it ”.

When evaluating the results, the researchers from the Else Frenkel Brunswik Institute found that around 68 percent of people who wanted to mark the AfD in their next election tend to agree with these statements.


The same applies to around 65 percent of non-voters as well as almost 47 percent of voters in the FDP and around 37 percent of SPD supporters.

The Green voters are the most resistant

Among the voters of the Left Party, almost one in three (31.9 percent) took such a view.

Among the supporters of the Union parties, it was a good 28 percent.

At 21.4 percent, the value was lowest among voters for the Greens.

The research team led by social psychologist Oliver Decker warned against underestimating the importance and dangers of conspiracy narratives.

The study states: "Many stories are absurd and contradicting, and their political significance is therefore often underestimated."

These theories are often based on a simple friend-foe construction and are designed in such a way that they cannot be checked and thus also irrefutable.