Poll shows 3 percent now think Obama born abroad
May 5th, 2011
03:14 PM ET
3 years ago

Poll shows 3 percent now think Obama born abroad

(CNN) - President Obama's decision to release his birth certificate appears to have satisfied all but a tiny fringe who continue to believe he was not born in America.

According to a recently released Washington Post poll, only 3 percent of Americans now believe the president was born abroad while 77 percent say he was definitely born in the United States. Nearly 20 percent have no opinion on that matter.

A similar Washington Post poll conducted a year ago found 14 percent of Americans believed the president was born in another country while 68 percent thought he was born in the United States.

Obama released his birth certificate last week, saying the controversy surrounding the issue had become a "sideshow."

The surprise release followed recent and sustained remarks by businessman Donald Trump, among others, raising doubts as to whether the president was born in the United States.

The poll was conducted April 28-May 1 and surveyed 1,006 Americans by telephone. It carries a sampling error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.


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soundoff (45 Responses)
  1. TEE

    @ Johnny Popper, Remember the "requisite document reflecting signatures of witnesses to a birth" in Hawaii is no longer a legally accepted document...The legal "certificate of live birth" has been available for years...I think the timing was perfect, the President gave Trump, and the birthers, the time to reach stage 5, foot & mouth....

    May 5, 2011 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  2. The Situation

    3% percent? Must be the Grand Wizard and his followers of the KKK!

    May 5, 2011 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  3. Gary

    Palinhope, this country is in danger if you should decide to breed. Truly an idiot of the first degree.

    May 5, 2011 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  4. Daniel C.

    This means 78% of birthers were actually reasonable enough to be persuaded by substantive evidence, contrary to negative portrayals made of them. The Orly Taitz's of the world are a fringe minority.

    May 5, 2011 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  5. normajean

    somebody behind the scene doesn't like me.......they took me off completely.........well, idon't think much of you either!

    May 5, 2011 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  6. bryan75

    This is all just really rediculous

    May 5, 2011 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  7. Rudy NYC

    Bill Clinton deserves the credit for Bin Laden because he created the investigative teams that formed the core of Bush administration's covert intelligence group. Yup, that what I said. Bill Clinton deserves the credit for Bin Laden.

    You see it is like a relay race, where each President passes the baton to the next. Bill was the first guy out of the blocks. He did not get himself disqualified by jumping the gun. Bush ran the middle leg of the race, stayed in his lane, but almost got himself disqualified for bumping into people. Obama ran picked up the baton and ran the anchor leg. He actually had to come from behind to secure the victory due to lost time when Bush bumped into another runner, (Bin Laden).

    May 5, 2011 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  8. SC0820

    Maybe they just don't like him?
    Does that make them racists?
    I'm just saying, I know it's a paradox, but I speak for a silent majority when I say many are not going to vote for him because they don't want to hear this race business. Ironic isn't it

    May 5, 2011 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  9. NC

    Just shows that we have some ignorant people that can't think for themselves. Some people will believe anything, these are the same 3% that think Elvis is alive.

    May 5, 2011 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  10. beevee

    Those people who still do not believe that President Obama was born in Hawaii must have problems reading, and seeing. They better see a doctor to correct their problems (mostly mental blockage).

    May 5, 2011 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    You have to wonder what is wrong with people- in this case 3% of them.

    May 5, 2011 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    "This means 78% of birthers were actually reasonable enough to be persuaded by substantive evidence, contrary to negative portrayals made of them."

    Oh brother. So we're to feel sorry that a giant percentage of the birthers were (a) so stupid that they wouldn't accept what the rest of the world knew and understood to be sufficient and legal PROOF of his birth in Hawaii in 1961, (b) so determined to cling to the hope that he wasn't actually a natural born citizen that they held out until the last nail went into their fantasy world's coffin but (c) jsut smart enough to know that you have to pull out of the tailspin or your crash and burn?

    May 5, 2011 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  13. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    @SC0820
    nobody likes to be called a racist, especially when it's being used to try to quiet a reasonable question.
    -------------------------------------------------–
    A "reasonable question"???? WTF are you talking about? There is NOTHING REASONABLE about that question, but there IS racism aplenty.
    What part of 'no other President has had to endure this type of questioning' do you not understand? What part of ' until January 20th 2009, the extensive investigations and resulting conclusions from the CIA, FBI, Justice Department and any and all government agency responsible for FULLY VETTING the President had always been accepted and NEVER questioned' does your racist little heart not grasp?
    I'm sick to death and to my heart with the whole lot of you.
    LEAN FORWARD and MOVE ON.

    May 5, 2011 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    "Bill Clinton deserves the credit for Bin Laden because he created the investigative teams that formed the core of Bush administration's covert intelligence group"

    Which Bush disbanded in 2005 and Obama had to put back together. It was called Alec Station. You want to use the relay race analogy? In this case, the baton was full on dropped, breaking the chain, and the race was only won because Obama picked it back up and ran with it.

    May 5, 2011 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  15. SC0820

    Well, I'm sick of you too. And I will not vote for a person that represents people like you

    May 5, 2011 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  16. diridi

    Those guys are brainless idiots of GOP masterminds, they do not know the clue....Nation is on right track....once we produce mass production of fuel-efficiency, Electric vehicles, they know Saudi is going for begging...o.k, saying, alloho akbar....we need food.....true...obama2012.....

    May 5, 2011 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  17. stellabella

    Thank you, SC0820. Dominican mama's psuedo-intellectual rants are nauseating.

    May 5, 2011 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  18. Publius Novus

    I reckon that it is even lower now. The poll was taken on May 1, before the announcement of bin Laden's death.

    May 5, 2011 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  19. Indy

    I wonder how many times Obama had to show his birth certificate throughout his his life ? School,drivers licence,college,University,passport,social security number, US Senator,POTUS, then once again for POTUS and finally people believe !

    May 5, 2011 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  20. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    SC0820

    Well, I'm sick of you too. And I will not vote for a person that represents people like you.
    -------------------------------------------------–
    You've just proven our point in regards to you.
    The President of the United States no matter what his color represents ALL of the citizens of this country. ALL OF US, you included.
    LEAN FORWARD and MOVE ON.
    Obama 2012.

    May 5, 2011 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
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