Early on in the birther movement, the Daily KOS did a survey that included demographic questions. We learned that those doubting Obama’s US birth came from all over, but their percentages were markedly higher in the South.
Obama Conspiracy Theories has done new a first-of-its-kind poll of 8,000 US birthers, asking them where they lived. Since only birthers were polled, the results are reported as a scaled percentage of their states’ population.
Not surprisingly, we found that most birthers live in Texas, followed closely by California and then Florida. The least number of birthers live in Vermont. As a percentage of the population, however, our survey found that the 10 most birtherish states were (starting with the highest): Wyoming, Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Colorado, New Hampshire, Arizona, West Virginia and Montana. Texas came in 18th, California 42nd and Florida 12th.
In the following table I show the Relative Birther Scale (RBS), which is the number of birthers polled per 100,000 in population (2012 estimate). Of course this is not a measure of any absolute number of birthers, since we only counted a sample.
If I were reading this, I would be scratching my head about how such a survey could be done and whether the writer was just pulling my leg. The survey is, however, serious.
What I did was to look at the 8,504 signers of the Orly Taitz investigate Obama’s SSN petition. I’ve roughly estimated that around 500 of the signers are duplicates, but that doesn’t particularly bias the results towards any state. It is also possible that petitioners lied about where they lived, but again this shouldn’t be significant source of bias. The birthers I selected may be biased as a sampling of birthers a whole because they are perhaps more activist than non-signers, and more likely to know about Orly Taitz. Also the particular issue in the petition deals with Obama’s social-security number, an ancillary conspiracy theory to place of birth.