2014 Readers' Poll results

A still from a video that said global warming is a hoax. We rated the statement Pants on Fire.
A still from a video that said global warming is a hoax. We rated the statement Pants on Fire.

Later today, we’ll be announcing PolitiFact’s 2014 Lie of the Year. In the meantime, we’re revealing the winner of our Readers’ Poll.

We offered readers 10 finalists for 2014. It’s the sixth year in a row we’ve asked readers to weigh in via an online poll. We received 14,467 votes this year, a record turnout.

First place among readers went to "Global warming is a hoax," a statement made by a losing congressional candidate in south Louisiana.  

Here are the full results:

"Global warming is a hoax." —Lenar Whitney. Pants on Fire.


The United States has seen "a net loss of people with health insurance" because of Obamacare. —John Boehner. False.


The State Department says the 42,000 jobs created by the Keystone XL pipeline are "ongoing, enduring jobs." —Russ Girling. False.


"At least 10 ISIS fighters have been caught coming across the Mexican border in Texas" and there are "dozens more that did not get caught by the Border Patrol." —Duncan Hunter. Pants on Fire.


"My position hasn’t changed" on using executive authority to address immigration issues. —Barack Obama. False.


Says President Barack Obama has issued upwards of 1,000 executive orders, more than any modern president. —Chain email. Pants on Fire.


Amid the "crisis at our southern border," there are "reports of illegal migrants carrying deadly diseases such as … Ebola virus." —Phil Gingrey. Pants on Fire.


Some doctors say Ebola can be transmitted through the air by "a sneeze or some cough." —George Will. False.


Says his comment about extremists being a JV team "wasn’t specifically referring to" Islamic State. —Barack Obama. False.


Other (Examples: "All of the above"; "Dick Cheney saying that torture was effective"; "if you like your health care plan you can keep it"; "they’re all liars, I’m sick of everyone.")


"The only candidate pocketing big money from people who want to destroy coal is Mitch McConnell." —Alison Lundergan Grimes. False.