Poll: Birthers Republicans, Southerners

WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- More than one-quarter of Republicans believe President Obama was born outside the United States, a poll done for the liberal Web site Daily Kos reports.

Overall, only 11 percent of those surveyed said Obama was born elsewhere, and another 12 percent were unsure, while 77 percent said the president was born in a hospital in Hawaii.


But the poll found there was a strong regional and political tilt on the issue.

While 93 percent of Democrats and 82 percent of independents said the president is a U.S. native, only 42 percent of Republicans did. Thirty percent of Republicans were unsure and 28 percent believe Obama is not native-born.

Only 47 percent of Southerners believe the president, compared with 93 percent in the Northeast, 90 percent in the Midwest and 87 percent in the West.

Obama's father, a Kenyan, was a student in Hawaii when he married Obama's mother. While his father eventually returned to Kenya, Obama is a U.S. citizen both because of his birthplace and his mother's citizenship.

The poll by Research 2000 was conducted July 27-30 and has a margin of error of 2 percentage points either way.


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