HotSeat poll

WASHINGTON – The latest AOL online poll shows 81 percent of respondents saying Barack Obama should release his birth certificate.

This finding in spite of a veritable media barrage in recent days of unsubstantiated claims ranging from all Hawaiian birth certificates were destroyed to it already has been released.

A story that went unnoticed by most of the major media has now become one of the most covered stories in the nation. But the coverage has been almost exclusively of the kind that downplays the seriousness of the controversy – often ridiculing concerns about the birth certificate as conspiracy fodder and matters that only preoccupy the uninformed.

But in the latest AOL poll of more than 66,000 people, 81 percent said it’s time for Obama to cough up the original long-form birth certificate. At one point over the weekend, the percentage was as high as 82 percent with more than 30,000 votes.

In fact, in every state in the union – including Obama’s claimed birthplace of Hawaii and his more recent home state of Illinois – most people want to see the birth certificate.

A scientific poll conducted by WND last month found 50 percent of Americans aware of the eligibility controversy, with 49 percent believing he should release the birth certificate as well as other documents, such as his college records.

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