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One in three believes in chemtrails

Conspiracy theory holds that some aircraft trails contain chemical or biological agents

In response to the question 'Some believe that we are being sprayed. Do you agree or disagree with that view?', 33% of respondents said yes, 58.4% said no while 9% didn't know or didn't answer

Is it a bird or a plane ... or traces of chemical being sprayed high in the sky? (Photo: Reuters) Is it a bird or a plane ... or traces of chemical being sprayed high in the sky? (Photo: Reuters) Three in ten people believe that Greece is being sprayed with chemicals by airplanes flying over the country, a poll published in a Sunday paper has found.

The Metron Analysis survey for Ethnos on Sunday newspaper found that belief in so-called "chemtrials", a conspiracy theory that claims that some trails left by aircraft are chemical or biological agents deliberately sprayed at high altitudes for nefarious purposes, remains strong.

The "theory" holds that these spraying campaigns are secretly directed by governments.

In response to the question "Some believe that we are being sprayed. Do you agree or disagree with that view?", 33% of respondents said yes, 58.4% said no while 9% didn't know or didn't answer.

The question was included in Metron's September survey on voting intentions. Of those who replied "yes", 28% said they supported no party, 19% said they backed Syriza, 15% said they voted Golden Dawn, while 11% said they backed New Democracy.

Although MPs from the Independent Greeks party have raised the issue of chemtrails in parliament, only 6.1% of those who said they believed in the notion said they would vote for that party.

Proportionally more women (39%) believe in chemtrails than men (27%), the survey suggests. The theory is also more popular among under 25s, of whom two in five believe in the notion, as well as farmers (45%) and workers (48%).

Concern over chemtrails pushed the Greek air force to issue a statement in May 2012 stating that that there were no airplanes spraying Greece with chemicals.

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