Fifty-One Percent of North Carolina Whites Doubt Obama’s Citizenship
More from that PPP poll: That high number of North Carolinians who say Obama wasn’t born in the United States is largely built on white voters. Thirty percent of white voters say Obama is foreign-born, 49 percent say he was born in the United States, and 21 percent don’t know.
That’s a total of 51 percent of North Carolina whites who don’t know, or don’t believe, that Obama was born in America. Back in July, I estimated, based on previous polls, that as many as 70 percent of white Southerners doubted Obama’s American citizenship. North Carolina was actually one of the less racially-polarized states in the South last year, with 35 percent of white voters backing Obama over McCain. By contrast, only 10 percent of white voters in Alabama went for Obama.
And among which voters is the knowledge of Obama’s birthplace the sketchiest?