“Do you believe that Barack Obama was born in the United States of America
A poll conducted for the Daily KOS (and this is a real poll, not one of those unscientific citizen grand jury polls) asked the simple question: “Do you believe that Barack Obama was born in the United States of America or not?” The results were incredible:
Graphic source: The Washington Monthly.
In most of the country, denialists are in the fringe, but in the South, the view is almost mainstream. This is really discouraging about the region where I live. I fear the southern results would be really scary if one took out the African American responses. As you would expect there is even deeper divide between Republicans against Democrats and Independents. Less than half of Republicans are confident that Obama was born in the US (no wonder Joe the Plumber was their hero).
In both this question, and the second question on the poll: “Do you believe that America and Africa were once part of the same continent?” African American and Latino voters did overwhelmingly better than their white counterparts (as younger respondents did better than those 60 and over).
I need to think more seriously about retiring to New Mexico (where I got my hat).