Birth certificate eases most - but not all - Obama doubts
May 6th, 2011
12:00 PM ET
11 years ago

Birth certificate eases most - but not all - Obama doubts

(CNN) – While the release of President Barack Obama's so-called "long form" birth certificate has increased the number of Americans who think the president was born in the United States, 17 percent continue to believe that he was born in another country, according to a new CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll.

But Republicans, in particular, now seem more willing than ever to throw in the towel and move on to other topics: 80 percent of all Americans now believe Obama was definitely born in the U.S. - up 8 points since March - with most of that movement coming among Republicans.

In March, a bare majority of those in the GOP believed that Obama was born in the U.S.; now that is up by 17 points, to 69 percent - still much lower than the number of independents (80 percent) and Democrats (89 percent) who feel that way.

Older Americans and those with college educations also seem most likely to have been swayed by the release of the birth certificate.

The CNN poll follows a recent Washington post survey that found 77 percent of Americans definitely believed Obama was born in the United States.

The poll surveyed 1,035 adult Americans by telephone from April 29-May 1 2011. It carries a sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points

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  1. Roscoe

    Well, we now know what percentage of the vote a Trump/Palin ticket would get......

    May 6, 2011 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  2. Discernment


    Just successfully competing in the American capitalist environment is more than enough to toughen up anyone. Americans are born competing and they toughen quickly, therefore I'm not worried about our leaders being 'tough enough'.

    I'm more concerned about our leaders having 'good judgment and wisdom'. George W. Bush was 'tough enough', but he like birther blow-hard Donald Trump sincerely lack wisdom and good judgment.

    May 6, 2011 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  3. Marie MD

    Speaking of stupid Americans!!!
    I also want to see mccain's birth certificate with the longitude/latitude of where his mother EXACLY gave birth!!!
    I also want to see the AK bim's birth certificate because I think she was dropped from some alien spaceship when she opened her mouth as a baby and they heard that annoying screeching voice coupled with dumb dumb thoughts. I also want to see her grades from all those colleges she supposedly attended to get some degree in journalism that didn't teach her a darn thing!
    I want to see trump's financial which he said he would show if the President came up with the long form of his birth certificate.

    May 6, 2011 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    I've said it before and I'll say it for the last time.
    If Obama was not properly vetted by the FEC, CIA, FBI, and whoever, then blame the Bush adminstration. The means that the credit goes to the conservative led Bush administration for once again dropping the ball.

    May 6, 2011 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  5. Chipster

    Well, we know for certain that Glenn Beck was born on Fox News network and his life seems to have ended there too. Only Fox could elevate a conspiracy nut to such a level. Although, perhaps they aren't the only network that could, just the only one that would.

    May 6, 2011 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  6. a little sad

    Bert in UT

    Maybe Trump did the Repubs a favor. Got this issue off the table before it could embarrass them in 2012.

    WAY too late!

    May 6, 2011 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  7. Stacey

    "Like I've said over and over.... It is the main street media keeping this BS alive. And you are now proving me right CNN."

    Where was your disgust when that idiot with the bad hair weave kept this in the media for a few weeks? The entire GOP is weak and as a Democrat, I don't think I have very much to worry about as far as Obama being relected. If you think our country is such a welfare state, why don't you pack your bags and crawl to another country? I'm so sick of you righteous unpatriotic traitors putting down this President just because he is half black.

    May 6, 2011 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  8. david in seattle

    The story here is that 23% of the public think he wasn't born in the US. That should be the headline. Its like a poll that would show 5% of Republicans believe the President has horns on his head, and CNN posting the headline the almost all people don't believe the President has horns.

    May 6, 2011 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  9. Republicans - The Not Intended To Be Factually Correct Party

    President Obama could cure stage 4 cancer in some of these people and they would still criticize him.

    I hold the media responsible for allowing Trump AND OTHERS to distract & lie to the American public on this "birthier issue". Next it will be the "bin Laden deathers"

    If news outlets want to fall back on "1st Ammendment Rights" to justify their existence and their PAYCHECK, then I demand they have the intellect, honesty & integrity to not let lying & misleading politicians blather on without challenge.

    Rachel Maddow is the ONLY journalist that has her team do it's background homework BEFORE sticking a microphone in front of someone's face. As a result, she is READY to throw the BS-flag when they start spewing nonsense. She doesn't let a liar, like Trump / Palin / Huckabee dominate the conversation. She calls them on their deceptions in REAL TIME.

    May 6, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
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