Eight Percent of North Carolinians Don’t Consider Hawaii ‘Part of the United States’

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Tuesday, August 11, 2009 at 12:12 pm

The new Public Policy Polling survey of North Carolina, which finds that only 54 percent of the state’s voters know that President Obama was born in the United States, also finds that only 92 percent are absolutely sure that the mysterious state of Hawaii counts as American soil. Only 27 percent of McCain voters say that Obama was born in America, and only 89 percent of McCain voters count the Aloha state as part of the United States.

The poll is here (PDF); results are below the fold.

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For the record, Hawaii was annexed by the United States on July 6, 1898, and it became the 50th state on Aug. 21, 1959.

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gimmeabreak
Comment posted August 11, 2009 @ 4:46 pm

I'd love to see polling on the rest of the southern states.


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Comment posted August 11, 2009 @ 6:12 pm

What percentage of North Carolinians don't consider North Carolina part of the United States?


JohnC
Comment posted August 12, 2009 @ 12:26 am

I'm hoping that this simply reflects some warped sense of humor on the part of survey respondents. But I have this dark suspicion that these people weren't kidding.


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Comment posted August 12, 2009 @ 4:02 am

I'm sending this to my former students at Moscow State University. They can't believe how stupid we are, no matter how often I've told them.


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Comment posted August 12, 2009 @ 5:47 am

Let them know that the United States is a great country, often despite our best efforts.


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keanuenue
Comment posted August 13, 2009 @ 6:24 pm

WOW this is such a big story. Don't they know we still live in grass huts and paddle canoes to get to our destination. I guess they might be supporting the notion that Hawaii is not a State that they back the Hawaiian Monarchy and the overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdoom was ilegal. That is the only way OBAMA will be considered not born in teh U.S.


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Comment posted August 14, 2009 @ 1:41 pm

I think the better question would have been “Do you wish that Obama was not a US citizen?”


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Comment posted August 25, 2009 @ 11:59 am

The question is worded bad. Is HI part of the US? Well yes it's a state but it's not part of the contiguous US. I think that got a lot of people. There are a lot of dumb people here in NC just like in every other blue state.


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Comment posted September 29, 2009 @ 4:50 pm

I guess things haven't changed much. True story. Having served 35 years combined as US military/civilian worker, I was being processed in the Andrews Air Base Civilian Personnel Office, Maryland, for my job transfer to Hickam Air Base in Hawaii. This was August 1981. The personnel officer, an elderly and sweet lady, I remember saying ” was from the south,” yelled out to her fellow workers, “where does he need to go for his US passport and medical shots.” Response: “WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN MABEL?, HAWAII IS OUR 50th STATE, HE DOESN'T NEED A PASSPORT OR SHOTS.” Answer: NO ONE TOLD ME THAT! No, its still there, “no one told me.”


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