As those of us who work for truth, justice and the American way take some comfort in Philip J. Berg’s most recent defeat at the hands of the DC District Court, a bit of sobering “old news” must be kept in mind.
Despite my attempts to marginalize the issue of Obama citizenship denial, to relegate it to conspiracy theorists, and assert that the number of people that share the delusion is small, that is not the case, at least not the last part.
There are literally tens of millions of Americans that believe Barack Obama is not a natural born citizen and almost 60% of us have at least heard about the issue.
These statistics from a post-election survey co-directed by Ohio State University communications Prof. R. Kelly Garrett.
Garrett and James N. Danziger, a professor at the University of California, Irvine, commissioned a representative national telephone survey of 600 Americans to learn about the role of the Internet in spreading rumors about the presidential campaign. The survey was conducted the two weeks following the election (November 6 to 20) [prior to the launch of Obama Conspiracy Theories] and has a margin of error of 4.4 percent.
The poll showed about 10% of Americans believed the rumor that Barack Obama was not a natural-born citizen; 22% believed he was Muslim.
Nearly one in three Americans got campaign information from video sharing sites such as YouTube. And it wasn’t just the young: the average age of individuals who said they got campaign news from online video sites on a daily basis was 40 years old.
Perhaps this web site is not a waste of time after all.