The president celebrates his 49th birthday Wednesday. On the same day, a new national poll indicates some Americans continue to doubt the president was born in the United States. According to a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey, more than a quarter of the public have doubts about Obama’s citizenship, with 11 percent saying Obama was definitely not born in the United States and another 16 percent saying the president was probably not born in the country.
Forty-two percent of those questioned say they have absolutely no doubts that the president was born in the U.S., while 29-percent say he “probably” was.
“Not surprisingly, there are big partisan differences, although a majority of Republicans thinks Obama was definitely or probably born here,” says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. “Eighty-five percent of Democrats say that Obama was definitely or probably born in the U.S., compared to 68 percent of independents and 57 percent of Republicans. Twenty-seven percent of Republicans say he was probably not born here, and another 14 percent of Republicans say he was definitely not born in the U.S.”
Kos notes that of Republicans, 41% of them are not living in the Reality Based Community, but the more interesting number is the 27% of overall poll respondents who think Obama “probably” or “definitely” was not born in the United States. This aligns perfectly with the 27% Crazification Factor, first formulated here. You see it everywhere. Bush’s approval ratings at the end of his term, when only certified insane people would approve of his job performance, were right around 27%. 26% of Americans agree with Dick Cheney that Obama’s actions make us less safe. 29% of people thought Sarah Palin was fit to be president. Hell, in the CA Republican Primary for Secretary of State, lawyer/dentist/real estate agent Orly Taitz got just about 27% of the vote, bringing all this full circle.