President Barack Obama in the Oval Office April 4, 2011
A new poll today from USA Today/Gallup reveals the shocker that those who believe Barack Obama definitely was born in the United States make up only a little more than 1 in 3 of the population.
At the opposite end of the scale, 15 percent of those who responded to the USA Today assessment said he probably was born in another country, and 9 percent say he definitely was.
It was reported on the recent Easter holiday weekend that separate polls showed 74 percent believe Jesus is the Son of God who came to Earth to die for sins (a Rasmussen poll) while a Public Policy Poll of Iowa Republicans showed only 26 percent believe Obama was born in the U.S., with another 26 percent unsure.
Ongoing polling reveals that within months after Obama’s inauguration, nearly half of the nation was aware there was a controversy over Obama’s eligibility, with the number of those who no longer believe his nativity story, or have serious doubts, on the rise.
The USA Today/Gallup poll, an assessment of 1,013 adults with a margin of error of four percentage points, pointed out that some of the possible presidential candidates have generated a polarized response from Americans.
Thirty-one percent of respondents said they definitely would vote for Obama, while another 46 percent said they definitely would not. For Mitt Romney, the numbers were 6 percent and 45 percent; for Mike Huckabee 7 percent and 46 percent; Donald Trump 7 percent and 64 percent; and Sarah Palin 8 percent and 65 percent.
“For what it’s worth, not everyone is convinced Trump was born in the USA either: 43 percent say he definitely was born here, and 20 percent say he probably was; 7 percent say he definitely or probably was born in another country,” the poll said.
Trump’s potential candidacy, the poll explained, faces resistance.
“Sixty-three percent of Americans, including 46 percent of Republicans, say they definitely will not vote for Trump for president. In comparison, 46 percent of Americans say they definitely will not vote for President Obama – significantly lower but itself a hurdle to winning the 2012 election,” the report said.
The results concerning Obama in Iowa were similar to a national poll two months ago by the same firm showing only 3 in 10 members of the GOP believe that Barack Obama was born in the U.S.
That February survey revealed only 28 percent of Republicans believe Obama was born in the U.S., while 51 percent do not, and another 21 percent said they were not sure.
“Any thought that the birther theory has been put to rest can be thrown out the window,” Dean Debnam, president of the Democratic polling firm, said at the time.
The issues of Obama’s precise birthplace and his constitutional eligibility for the White House have been gaining steam in recent weeks, as possible Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has been making numerous media appearances, demanding to see Obama’s long-form, hospital-specified birth certificate, suggesting Obama’s entire presidency might be “illegal.”
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.”
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
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:
- A survey by Angus Reid Global Monitor, a division of Vision Critical Group, in October 2009 found three in 10 people in the U.S. believed Obama to be a foreigner.
only 13 percent of Democratic Party supporters believe Obama was not
born in the U.S., the proportion rises to 25 percent among independents
and 51 percent among Republican Party backers,” the report said.
- Then in January 2010, another WND/Wenzel Poll
revealed on the one-year anniversary of Obama’s tenure in office that
fully one-third of Americans refused to believe Obama was a “legitimate
president,” with another 15.8 percent saying they were not sure.
Barely half the voters, 51.5 percent, said they believed the president
legitimate even though he had not yet produced the documentation
proving his constitutional eligibility. Even 14.6 percent of the
Democrats said they did not consider him legitimate.
- In May 2010, a WND/Wenzel Poll revealed that 55 percent of Americans wanted Obama to release all records
relating to his childhood and his education, including “college
records, Harvard Law School papers, passport records, travel records,
and other similar documentation.”
“Asked what should be done should it be found that Obama does not meet
the qualifications to be president, 59 percent said he should be
removed from office, and 35 percent said all bills signed into law by
Obama should be repealed,” the poll’s analysis revealed.
- By last June, other media were beginning to put their toes in the waters of the controversy.
A 60 Minutes-Vanity Fair poll revealed only 39 percent of respondents
believe Obama was born in Hawaii as he claimed in his book.
“A shocking 63 percent – very nearly two-thirds of us – went out on a
limb and stated for the record that we believe in the United States.
It’s enough to make you proud to be an American – or 63 percent proud,
at any rate.”
But that figure included those who said they believe he was born in
Kansas or some other unknown state, which still would conflict with
- Last August, a poll by CNN
said 6 of 10 people were uncertain Obama was born in the U.S. The poll
said only 42 percent believe Obama “definitely” was born in the U.S.
The CNN report said that, “Hawaii has released a copy of the
president’s birth certificate – officially called a ‘certificate of
live birth.’ And in 1961 the hospital where the president was born
placed announcements in two Hawaiian newspapers regarding Obama’s
However, the online image released by the Obama campaign during his
presidential race actually is called a “Certification of Live Birth,”
and those documents under the rules in the state of Hawaii were
available for children not born in the state.