Friday, July 31, 2009
Eleven percent of Americans do not believe President Obama was born in the United States, according to a DailyKos/Research 2000 poll released today. Another 12 percent are not sure.
The matter continues to thrive despite the embarrassment of many U.S. leaders, including Republicans, who have tried to put a clamp on the far-fetched theory that the President was actually born in Kenya, his father's birthplace, and therefore not eligible to be president of the United States.
Several lawsuits were filed during the campaign challenging then-Sen. Obama's eligibility to be president. All were rejected. The White House has tried to ignore the issue, but apparently felt compelled to speak out earlier this week. The Hawaii governor and health director have also spoken out recently in support of the President.
Based on the poll, some folks are not convinced.
Click here to see the Research 2000 poll, sponsored by the Daily Kos, a liberal blog.
The conservative website WorldNetDaily claims more than 400,000 people have signed a petition demanding more information on Obama's birth.
In the South, even fewer people believe the President is a naturally born citizen. Researchers found that that 23 percent of Americans in the Southeast do not believe President Obama was born in the United States, according to the Research 2000 poll. Another 30 percent are not sure.
A breakdown Research 2000 findings by party:
Democrats: 93 percent believe President Obama is U.S. born, 4 percent do not, and 3 percent are not sure.
Republicans: 42 percent think he was born here, 28 percent do not, and 30 percent are not sure.
Independents: 83 percent think he was born here, 8 percent do not, and 9 percent are unsure.