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Editor’s note: This is another in a series of “WND/WENZEL POLLS” conducted exclusively for WND by the public-opinion research and media consulting company Wenzel Strategies.
Half of registered voters are not convinced that Barack Obama’s birth certificate, released in 2011 at the White House amid fanfare and proclamation that it is “proof positive” of Obama’s eligibility to be president, is authentic.
About the same number don’t believe he is eligible to be president, and the skeptics also say he has not provided adequate and “authentic” documentation of his qualifications to sit as commander in chief in the Oval Office.
The numbers, the newest on the long-running debate over Obama’s eligibility, are from a WND/Wenzel Poll conducted exclusively for WND by the public-opinion research and media consulting company Wenzel Strategies.
The scientific telephone survey, conducted March 10-13, has a margin of error of 3.72 percentage points.
Nearly 33 percent of the respondents say they do not believe Obama has “provided adequate and authentic documentation that he is qualified to serve as president.”
Another 14 percent say they are uncertain.
NOTE: In case you missed the news conference of Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s “Cold Case Posse,” you can view it here.
Nearly 53 percent say Obama has documented his eligibility.
The results are nearly the same for related questions. While 54 percent say they believe Obama is eligible, 29.8 percent say that he is not. Another 16 percent have enough doubt that they could not decide.
Also, while 50 percent say his long form birth certificate is real, 25 percent say it is a fake and 24 percent say they just can’t determine.
“Much has been written over the past three years about the Obama administration’s dismissive approach to the U.S. Constitution, but there is little as shocking as the findings of this latest survey that nearly half of the registered voters in America believe the president is not legally qualified to serve,” said Fritz Wenzel in his analysis of the results.
“Even among the most liberal Americans – his most ardent supporters – more than 20 percent said they think he is not eligible, yet there is no outrage or protests in the streets. There is simply no way to describe this situation because it is unlike any we have ever seen before,” he said.
“Politically, the findings on this subject spell potential disaster for the Obama re-election campaign in that one in three independent voters does not believe Obama has provided enough documentation to prove he is legally eligible to hold the presidency,” Wenzel said. “These people will not be voting for him.
“This is a substantial bloc of what we think to be swing voters to have taken off the table right from the beginning, and it spells political disaster for the White House.”
However, he said that Obama is not the only one at fault.
“That no serious action has been taken in Washington to confront this issue paints a sad picture of the impotence or spinelessness of the president’s political opponents and a pathetic portrait of a nation’s citizens who are mostly content to sit idly by while an apparent imposter raids their national treasury and runs their once-great nation into the ground,” Wenzel said.
A law enforcement investigation by a Cold Case Posse commissioned by Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Ariz., has concluded that there is probable cause that there was forgery committed in the creation of the Obama document and fraud in presenting it as a real certificate.
The sheriff has confirmed that the investigation by professional law enforcement officers and attorneys is continuing, with a focus on the person who created the document image.
The Wenzel poll results followed a recent poll by Public Policy Polling of GOP primary voters in three battleground states.
The poll asked whether voters think Obama was born in the United States.
Thirty-seven percent of Republican primary voters in Ohio, 38 percent in Georgia and a startling 45 percent in Tennessee said they don’t believe he was. And another large percentage, some 1 in 5, cannot say for sure they believe him.
The issue is that while the Constitution requires a president to be a “natural-born citizen,” the documentation that would confirm Obama’s status remains sealed.
Obama has refused to allow access to whatever original documentation there might be in the state of Hawaii, where he says he was born, as well as many other documents, such as passport records, kindergarten records, Punahou school records, Occidental College records, Columbia University records, Columbia thesis, Harvard Law School records, Harvard Law Review articles, University of Chicago articles, Illinois State Bar Association records, Illinois State Senate records and schedules, medical records, Obama/Dunham marriage license, Obama/Dunham divorce documents, Soetoro/Dunham marriage license and adoption records.
There also are his critics who say that natural-born citizen at the time the Constitution was written would have meant the offspring of two citizens of the country, and since Obama’s father was a foreign national, he would not qualify under that standard.
The WND/Wenzel poll also asked registered voters what they think natural-born citizen means. Half believe it requires being born in the U.S., and one in five believe it means that both parents must be citizens.
Obama’s father never was a U.S. citizen.
When the Iowa caucuses were being held, a Public Policy Polling report found that one in three Iowa GOP members did not believe Obama was born in the United States – an indication of their disbelief about his eligibility to be president.
WND also reported that another recent Wenzel poll showed half of registered voters would like to see Congress investigate Obama’s eligibility. It also showed that nearly that many believe the constitutional term natural-born citizen means both parents must be U.S. citizens.
At that time, Wenzel noted, “Even among Democrats, more than one in four – 28 percent – said they now want an inquiry, as do 43 percent of independents and 77 percent of Republicans.”
The eligibility saga, as Wenzel said, has taken on a life of its own. It began with questions about Obama’s birth place and parentage before his election. At that time, he released a computer image of a short-form “Certification of Live Birth” from Hawaii and insisted it was original and the only document available.
He instructed his White House counsel, Robert Bauer, to have a private attorney, Judy Corley of Perkins Coie, contact the Hawaii Department of Health to obtain a copy of his “Certificate of Live Birth,” purportedly on file with the state.
The White House subsequently released copies of a copy of the document, as well as an online image, calling it “proof positive” of a Hawaii birth. Since then, however, dozens of experts, including Arpaio and several ex-CIA members, have stated they believe that the document is fraudulent.
At its release, WND contacted the Hawaii Health Department and the office of Gov. Neil Abercrombie, an ardent Obama supporter, to request confirmation that the image released was an accurate representation of the state’s file information. Officials declined to respond.
A constitutional expert weighed in on the issue and concluded that the obvious meaning of the term natural-born citizen, which is not defined in the Constitution, is someone who obtains citizenship naturally, from citizen parents, and not from any act of Congress or other affirmative action.
Then in January 2010, another WND/Wenzel Poll showed on the one-year anniversary of Obama’s tenure in office that fully one-third of voters 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 produced 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 showed 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 said.
By June 2010, other media were beginning to put their toes in the waters of the controversy.
A “60 Minutes”-Vanity Fair poll showed only 39 percent of respondents believed 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 Obama’s story.
In later 2010, 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, “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 birth.”