Poll: Majority of Republicans Doubt Obama’s Birthplace

February 17, 2011

By Kyle Trygstad, Roll Call

A slim majority of Republicans are still in disbelief that President Barack Obama, now in his third year in office, was born in the United States and therefore is legally eligible to be president, according to a poll by the Democratic firm Public Policy Polling.

The survey looked at whom these “birthers” prefer in the 2012 Republican presidential primary contest. Among the 51 percent of Republicans who think Obama was born outside of America, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee was preferred by 24 percent, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin by 19 percent, former Speaker Newt Gingrich (Ga.) by 14 percent and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney by 11 percent.

Romney’s performance improves greatly among the 49 percent who think Obama was born here or are not sure. He takes 23 percent among that group compared with 16 percent for Huckabee, 11 percent for Palin and 10 percent for Gingrich.

Huckabee leads with 20 percent support among Republicans overall, followed by Romney with 17 percent, Palin with 15 percent and Gingrich with 12 percent.

The nationwide survey was conducted Feb. 11-13 among 400 Republican primary voters with a 4.9-point margin of error.

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1 Comment - what are your thoughts?

  • Verus Langham says:

    It all but amazes me that there is any doubt in any camp at this late date that Mr. Obama is eligible to serve; in fact, for those who have managed to keep abreast there have been data enough for the most skeptical to conclude his birthplace is anywhere but in the United States and that he has failed to show otherwise. There was a meeting conducted by the man himself as the sole speaker and in that “presentation” before a live audience he spoke plainly about this matter and that should have dispelled all doubts about his place of birth; he emphatically spelled it out that he was not born in the United States but, rather he was in fact born in Kenya. His arrogance astounds me and his usurping the Presidency is indeed a criminal act; in fact he is guilty also of having usurped the U.S. Senator position he held prior to running for the office of the Presidency. But, like the admission of the entire Congress before passing “ObamaCare” not having read the bill…. well, this can come as no great surprise…. nobody in authority seemed to care a whit about properly vetting the candidate before the fact of his election to either of those two Constitutionally protected positions.

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