1 in 3 Americans: New poll shows doubts still strong about Obama eligibility issue, even among Democrats
It’s been eight years since Barack Obama was elected president amid doubts about his eligibility to hold the office, when dozens of lawsuits challenged him, and even some members of Congress expressed concern.
It’s been four years since he was re-elected, just as most of those lawsuits were being dismissed by federal judges who mostly claimed the law gave them no authority to even hear the evidence.
But the latest Economist/YouGov poll indicates that fully one-third of Americans simply don’t believe the story promoted by the Obama administration, that he was born in Hawaii.
Specifically, 12 percent of all respondents say the statement “President Obama was born in Kenya” is definitely true, and another 24 percent say it is “probably true.”
That includes 20 percent of Democrats who place themselves in those two categories, 39 percent of independents and 52 percent of Republicans.
The poll tab sheet shows that group includes 16 percent of those who call themselves liberal, 35 percent of those who call themselves moderate and 53 percent of those who self-identify as conservative.
For men, the figure is 33 percent and for women it’s 38 percent. For under 30s, it’s 38 percent, for those 30-44 it’s 37 percent, for those 45-64 it’s 36 percent and for those 65 and over it’s 32 percent.
For whites, it’s 37 percent; for blacks, 28 percent; for Hispanics, 38 percent; and for “other,” it’s 30 percent. For families with under $50,000 incomes, it’s 38 percent; for those between $50,000 and $100,000, it’s 30 percent; and for those over $100,000, it’s 30 percent.
The poll focused on “conspiracy theories.”
“One of the most notorious Internet rumors of the 2016 presidential campaign, that there was a pedophile ring in the Clinton campaign, with code words embedded in the hacked emails of Clinton campaign manager John Podesta, is seen as ‘probably’ or ‘definitely’ true by more than a third of American adults.”
On the question of “old conspiracy theories,” the poll’s charts reveal the split was 36 percent to 64 percent who believe it’s statement definitely or probably true that Obama was born in Kenya.
The 36 percent of the poll of 1,376 adults, taken Dec. 17-20, in fact, may have facts on their side.