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Stunning percentage agrees with Sheriff Joe
Posted By Bob Unruh On 03/18/2012 @ 4:31 pm In Front Page,Politics,U.S. | No Comments
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.
Then last April, just as a new book, “Where’s the Birth Certificate? The Case that Barack Obama is Not Eligible to Be President,” by Jerome Corsi, Ph.D., reached the No. 1 spot on Amazon and was about to be released, Obama took a dramatic step.
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.
Just days after the White House released the “birth certificate” image, Gallup reported that only 47 percent thought Obama was definitely born in the U.S. and 18 percent said he “probably” was.
Obama released the image saying he had no time for such silliness as questions about his birth, then departed for an appearance on Oprah’s television show.
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 Republicans said they were aware of the controversy.
Polls later revealed Americans to be increasingly skeptical of Obama’s official narrative:
See detailed results of survey questions:
Last year, Obama released a document that he said was his real longform birth certificate. Some have said the certificate is authentic, while others have said it is a fake. Do you believe the document he released is authentic, or do you believe it is a fake document?
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