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Shock poll: 'Birthers' rule

A new poll is shocking the political powers in Washington with indication that only 3 in 10 members of the GOP believe that Barack Obama was born in the United States.

With the issue still disputed in a number of court cases and under review by nearly a dozen states considering laws that presidential candidates document their constitutional eligibility, the poll by Public Policy Polling found that only 28 percent of the Republicans surveyed believe Obama was born in the U.S. while 51 percent do not.

Another 21 percent say they are not sure.

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“Any thought that the birther theory has been put to rest can be thrown out the window,” Dean Debnam, the president of the Democratic-leaning polling firm, told Politico.

“That view is still widely held in Republican circles,” he said.

Chris Matthews, host of “Hardball” on MSNBC, discussed the stunning poll numbers on his program tonight, perplexed by the growing tide of those questioning Obama’s eligibility.

It was only a few months after Obama’s inauguration that a WND/Wenzel Poll showed that 51.3 percent of Americans said they were aware of the questions raised about Obama’s constitutional eligibility for office. Only 18.7 percent said they were not and another 30 percent were unsure.

At that point, 58.2 percent of the GOP said they were aware of the controversy.

Polls since then have shown Americans to be increasingly skeptical of Obama’s official narrative:

The newest poll from Public Policy Polling revealed 51 percent of 400 Republican primary voters disbelieve Obama’s claims to be eligible constitutionally to hold the office of president and another 21 percent said they were not sure.

According to the poll, GOP voters also are putting Mike Huckabee at the top of the national field of candidates  for the GOP nomination for president in 2012, following by Mitt Romney.

The Politico report editorialized: “A 51 percent majority of national GOP primary voters erroneously think President Obama was
not born in the U.S. 28 percent know that he was.”

Questions about Obama’s eligibility to be president have been exacerbated by his refusal to answer questions and release ordinary background documentation and his extraordinary legal maneuvers to keep his background hidden.

The Constitution requires a president to be a “natural-born citizen,” which is not the same as a “citizen.”

Fritz Wenzel of Wenzel Strategies has warned, “Simply put, this question about Obama’s legitimacy as president is undermining everything he does in the minds of millions of Americans.”