Nearly one in five Americans believe there is a covert government effort to get pop star Taylor Swift to help President Joe Biden win re-election, new polls show.
The Monmouth University Survey tested an online conspiracy theory and found that almost half of respondents (46 percent) were aware of the bizarre plot and 18 percent had fallen for it.
Last month, the idea that Swift was a ‘psychological operation’ to help Biden win was widespread by conservative figures such as Fox News Channel’s Jesse Watters and failed Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy.
It is not surprising, then, that the majority of Americans who believe in the conspiracy are politically right-wing.
The survey found that 71 percent of believers identify with or lean toward the Republican Party and 83 percent said they planned to vote for former President Donald Trump in the November election.
Nearly one in five Americans believe there is a covert government effort to get pop star Taylor Swift to help President Joe Biden win re-election, according to a new Monmouth University poll.
Taylor Swift endorsed President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris during the 2020 election against former President Donald Trump. Two years earlier, she endorsed a Democratic Senate candidate in the Tennessee race against Republican Sen. Marsha Blackburn.
Nearly three-quarters, 73 percent, who said they believed in Swift’s conspiracy theory also believe the 2020 election was stolen.
After losing to Biden, Trump pushed the so-called ‘big lie’, falsely claiming that widespread voter fraud cost him a second term.
“The alleged Taylor Swift PsyOp conspiracy theory has traction among a decent number of Trump supporters,” Monmouth University Polling Institute director Patrick Murray said in a statement. ‘Even many who had not heard of it before our survey find the idea credible. Welcome to the 2024 elections.”
Pollsters noted that 42 percent of those who indicated they believed in Swift’s conspiracy theory had not heard of it before being contacted by Monmouth.
Swift has not yet endorsed any candidates in the 2024 race, although she publicly supported Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris in 2020.
He originally jumped into politics in 2018, endorsing Democratic Tennessee Senate challenger Phil Bredesen against Republican Marsha Blackburn.
Blackburn won the seat.
Former 2024 presidential hopeful Vivek Ramaswamy insisted in late January that the Kansas City Chiefs were predestined to win the Super Bowl to give more star power to the Taylor Swift-Travis Kelce endorsement of President Joe Biden.
Taylor Swift (right) hugs her boyfriend Travis Kelce (right) after their team, the Kansas City Chiefs, defeated the San Francisco 49ers with a dramatic touchdown in overtime in Sunday’s Super Bowl.
In both cases, Swift’s public endorsement came near the end of the election cycle.
But with the election year in full swing, speculation about a Swift endorsement was already raging as early as January.
That’s when Watters’ segment about Swift being a ‘PsyOp’ aired.
It was also when Ramaswamy suggested that the Kansas City Chiefs were predestined to win the Super Bowl, with Swift dating the team’s tight end, Travis Kelce.
‘I wonder who will win the Super Bowl next month. And I wonder if this fall there will be a major presidential endorsement coming from an artificially culturally supported couple,” Ramaswamy posted on X in late January. “It’s just wild speculation, let’s see how it ages over the next 8 months.”
Further incorporating the conspiracy theory, both Trump and Biden alluded to it around the Super Bowl.
Ahead of Sunday’s big game, Trump, the Republican front-runner, was furious about a possible Swift endorsement of his Democratic rival.
Ahead of Sunday’s Super Bowl, former President Donald Trump wrote on Truth Social that there is “no way” Swift could endorse Biden, arguing that he made her money by signing the Music Modernization Act.
After the Kansas City Chiefs’ Super Bowl victory on Sunday night, President Joe Biden’s campaign account posted a photo of ‘Dark Brandon,’ Biden’s sinister lookalike that read, ‘just like we drew him,’ alluding to the Taylor Swift-themed conspiracy theory.
He wrote in Truth Social that there is “no way” Swift can endorse the current president, crediting himself for making the pop star “so much money” by signing the Music Modernization Act.
“Joe Biden did nothing for Taylor and he never will,” Trump said.
When Swift’s boyfriend Kelce’s Chiefs won the game, beating the San Francisco 49ers in a dramatic overtime finale, the Biden campaign posted an image of ‘Dark Brandon,’ the president’s sinister doppelganger, on X.
“Just as we wrote it,” the post said.
On Wednesday, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was asked about the Monmouth polls and was asked if there were concerns about how many Americans believed in the Swift-themed conspiracy theory.
Jean-Pierre responded “that’s for others to talk about,” but also pointed to the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol and pointed out how it happened thanks to the crowd’s belief in a false story.