Birthers' Ranks Plunge: Poll
Percentage who believe Obama is foreign-born falls by half
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted May 5, 2011 2:56 PM CDT
President Obama smiles in the East Room of the White House May 2.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

(Newser) – A year ago, 20% of Americans thought the president was foreign-born; now, it’s half that, a Washington Post poll finds. Surveyed after President Obama released his “long-form” birth certificate, just 10% of Americans now believe he was likely born outside the US. What's more, 70% say he’s a Hawaii native, compared to 48% in an April 2010 Post-ABC poll. Overall, 86% say he was born in the US or call that their “best guess," the Post notes.

Meanwhile, among those who hold that he’s foreign-born, nearly everyone says it’s just their “suspicion." Only 1% see “solid evidence” to support the idea, compared to 9% a year before. The false belief has plummeted most sharply among his opponents; while 31% said he was born abroad last year, just 14% believe it now. Last year, 35% of conservative Republicans thought Obama was born elsewhere; now it’s 16%.

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May 5, 2011 8:47 PM CDT
Take that cons.
May 5, 2011 7:07 PM CDT
You know the thing about conspiracies--they all mesh together and sorta cancel each other out. Like if you think a birther is a nut then everything else is nuts. It's just the way info works in a free society. The birther thing was a conspiracy for people on the short bus. Hey--they need shit to occupy themselves, too. And it labelled them cause every word printed here is read somewhere and oddly--it makes them not count. Stupid enough to believe that--are you really a threat? Freedom of Speech made something rather extraordinary happen--how do you hide shit you don't want people to know? JFK--all that bullshit because the FBI should have picked up Oswald's ass but Hoover liked JFK not--so the lone nut sticks. That the lone nut was the nephew of the biggest bookie in Marcello's New Orleans matters not. Just like it doesn't matter that Carlos drained the part of New Orleans that flooded and got the contracts for the cement back in '76. If you like archives you can find the whole article with pictures about Carlos and the New--New Orleans. That's conspiracy fact but you gotta be smart. I don't know how anyone in this country survives without at least a 136 IQ. I mean it is a free country and all based on how smart you are to make a living. Seems we aren't too bright considering all the 'entitlement's'. But--I'm happy to provide them because I like living in a country as free as this. What bothers me are the stupid birthers who are ending their own medicare and social security and they have no retirement. Hello--those programs were set up for you. But--it's how liberals learn to let people go.
May 5, 2011 5:16 PM CDT
Thank you Mr. Trump for helping those number plunge.