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National Poll: Only 36 Percent of Republicans Say Obama Was Born in America

Public Policy Polling has a new study of the birther movement and finds that by a 44-36 margin, Republicans don’t believe that Barack Obama was born in the

Henry Hamer
Last updated: Jul 31, 2020 | Aug 19, 2009

Public Policy Polling has a new study of the “birther” movement and finds that by a 44-36 margin, Republicans don’t believe that “Barack Obama was born in the United States.” Twenty percent are unsure. For comparison, both Democrats (82-12) and independents (64-18) know that the president was born in this country. (Self-identified “conservatives” are split on the question, 39-39.)

So where do Republicans think he was born? For whatever reason, 19 percent of them say Indonesia, where Obama lived after his mother re-married and moved there with her husband Lolo Soetoro. (“Birthers” often attack the president as “Barry Soetoro,” which I’ve never quite understood; is that really a stranger name than “Obama”?) Thirteen percent of Republicans say he was born in Kenya, birthplace of Barack Obama Sr. Mystifyingly, 2 percent of Republicans say the president was born in the Philippines, a country he has no  connection to whatsoever.

And how do the numbers break down by race?

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Henry Hamer | I'm currently working for Google's Chrome team in Munich, Germany, as a developer advocate. I was a member of the team responsible for the online presence of, one of Germany's largest daily newspapers, from January 2010 to November 2011. I used to work for Yahoo! on their similarly massive European news pages before joining Sueddeutsche. I've concentrated my efforts on the internet, which has turned out to be a fantastic decision.


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