Poll: One-Third of Tennesseans Think Obama Is Muslim or Foreign-Born
One reason that a ludicrous figure like Orly Taitz can still get booked for TV interviews — poll after poll shows a substantial number of Americans buying into birther conspiracies. Today it’s an MTSU poll in Tennessee, one of President Obama’s worst states in both the 2008 primary and general election. The survey found thirty-four percent of all Tennesseans believe the president was “probably or definitely” born outside the United States, while 30 percent believe he’s “probably or definitely” Muslim.
Among Republicans, the numbers are even worse.
Is this true? “Barack Obama was born in another country.”
Yes – 37 percent
No -47 percent
Unsure – 15 percent
How about: “Barack Obama is a Muslim.”
Yes – 48 percent
No – 38 percent
Unsure – 14 percent
The funny part of this? The poll gives Obama a narrowly negative overall approval rating of 46 percent, with 80 percent support from Democrats and independent voters approving of him 49-43. In a state that gave him 42 percent of the vote last year, that’s not that bad.