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Happy Birthers' Day! 27 Percent of Americans Believe Obama Was Born Elsewhere

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If President Obama already has to celebrate a "lonely guy" 49th birthday with his family away, a CNN/Opinion Research poll has one more way for him to remember the day: 27 percent of all Americans still think that he was probably or definitely born in another country. (Poll results; story).

Eleven percent "definitely" think so while 16 percent regard it as probable, according to the poll conducted July 16-21. Seventy-one percent believe he was probably or definitely born in the U.S.

Forty-one percent of Republicans believe he was probably or definitely born outside the country, with 14 percent saying that definitely was the case. Twenty-nine percent of independents join those believing he was probably or definitely born elsewhere, while only 15 percent of Democrats do.

The theory that Obama was not born in the U.S. has been advocated by the so-called "birther" movement since the 2008 campaign. Obama's birth state of Hawaii got so tired of requests for official records on Obama that it passed a law, signed by the state's Republican governor, allowing agencies to ignore further inquiries. Hawaii had previously released a copy of the birth certificate.

CNN quoted conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh saying on his Tuesday broadcast, "They tell us August 4th is the birthday. We haven't seen any proof of that!"

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If you take the time to Google "Birther cases dismissed" you will find among the stories and links that appear, a pdf file that summarized court decisions having to do with 71 birther pleadings. The birthers have lost every single one of them. Obama = 71 Birthers = 0

August 19 2010 at 12:52 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

The Republican party had about two years before the election to prove that Obama was not a citizen and yet they said nothing and still say nothing. So if all you people know that Obama has taken the office of President illegally and yet your party cannot have him removed do you really want the Republicans defending the country ?

August 19 2010 at 9:49 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I never really give it much thought. It could be false and it could be true. I think what added fuel to the fire was that Ocidental college records showed he applied as a foreign aide student under his barry name. And then ALL his college records became sealed. So what is the truth? I don't sit up nights thinking about it as he won the election. Whether or not he's legit won't change the damage he's already done. Just to pacify the 27% I do think he should release all his records to prove them wrong and finally lay this matter to rest.

August 07 2010 at 7:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Must be the same 27% that thought George Bush was a GOD!!!!!!!!!

August 07 2010 at 1:44 PM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply

27%? Clearly the dumbest 27% of the country.

August 06 2010 at 10:39 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply

Since our president acts as if he is from a third world country and wants to appologize for our heritage, I suppose it is natural that some believe he could not have been born here. Too many teachable moments for this administration give rise to the "hope and change" that he could "go back" somewhere ...anywhere ...just not here.
This leader adds to a reawakening of individual rights, states rights and the tenents of our constitution, and underscores a slogan from decades ago ... "Love it or leave it." Please leave it.

August 06 2010 at 9:09 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

I don't care where he was born ...I only care that he gets buried in the next election!

August 06 2010 at 8:40 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply

27 percent of Americans think Jay Leno is their congressman. 27 percent of Americans want to wave the Confederate flag over their state house. 27 percent of Americans don't vote. 27 percent of Americans think the Constitution and Bill of Rights was written on July 4th 1776.
The point? There are a lot of amateur politicos our there, and the ones arguing about the Presidents birth certificate being valid have opinions about as valid as Lady Ga Ga. You might as well take a poll on what color to paint the White House.

August 06 2010 at 2:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

What a surprise! People that do not check the facts themselves ( it was on the web for all to see)
But then, most of them probably do not know that Hawaii is part of the USA.

August 06 2010 at 1:05 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
Georgia A McD

If the truth were known, it is probably a lot higher number than that.

August 05 2010 at 5:55 PM Report abuse +15 rate up rate down Reply

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