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Obama Conspiracy Theories 2014 reader survey

Here’s the 2014 Obama Conspiracy Theories reader survey. In addition to the usual birther stuff, I have added some questions about the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare).

Both birthers and anti-birthers are urged to take the survey. The poll will close at midnight on March 22.

I think that birther activity one year from now will be...

  • Less than today. (56%, 102 Votes)
  • About the same. (37%, 67 Votes)
  • Greater than today. (7%, 14 Votes)

Total Voters: 183

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I visit the following web sites at least once a week (check all that apply):

  • Obama Conspiracy Theories (93%, 157 Votes)
  • The Fogbow (54%, 90 Votes)
  • Birther Report / ORYR (36%, 60 Votes)
  • Orly Taitz Esq. (23%, 38 Votes)
  • Native Born Citizen (15%, 26 Votes)
  • The Free Republic (15%, 25 Votes)
  • Reality Check Radio blog / Radio show (14%, 24 Votes)
  • WorldNetDaily (14%, 24 Votes)
  • Other anti-birther site (8%, 14 Votes)
  • PPSimmons/Gallups (6%, 10 Votes)
  • Whitehouse.gov (5%, 9 Votes)
  • The Post & Email (5%, 8 Votes)
  • Other birther site (4%, 7 Votes)
  • Canada Free Press (4%, 6 Votes)
  • Pastor Manning YouTube channel (2%, 4 Votes)
  • CDR Kerchner's Blog (1%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 168

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Do you think Barack Obama is constitutionally eligible to be President?

  • Yes (94%, 167 Votes)
  • No (5%, 9 Votes)
  • Not sure (1%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 178

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Have you ever donated money to any of the following?

  • I have not donated to either. (70%, 86 Votes)
  • Anti-birther web site or organization (27%, 33 Votes)
  • Birther web site or organization (3%, 4 Votes)

Total Voters: 123

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How did the Affordable Care Act affect your coverage status?

  • My health insurance situation is largely unchanged under the ACA. (75%, 123 Votes)
  • I became insured thanks to the Affordable Care Act. (12%, 20 Votes)
  • My costs for health insurance significantly decreased under the ACA. (7%, 11 Votes)
  • My costs for health insurance significantly increased under the ACA. (4%, 6 Votes)
  • I became uninsured thanks to the Affordable Care Act. (2%, 4 Votes)

Total Voters: 164

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Affordable Care Act (check all that apply)

  • I didn't change either. (93%, 138 Votes)
  • I had to change insurance companies due to the ACA. (8%, 12 Votes)
  • I had to change doctors due to the ACA. (2%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 149

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I expect that my out-of-pocket medical costs, including insurance premiums, and allowing for normal inflationary cost increases, to:

  • Stay about the same under the ACA (75%, 113 Votes)
  • Decrease under the ACA (19%, 28 Votes)
  • Increase under the ACA (6%, 10 Votes)

Total Voters: 151

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21 Responses to Obama Conspiracy Theories 2014 reader survey

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    JPotter March 13, 2014 at 1:45 pm #

    “Have you ever donated month to any of the following?”

    Shouldn’t there be a ‘neither’ on that one? Are there any anti-birther sites that solicit donations?

    So far, I am the lone “expects birther activity to increase” vote. It’s a qualified vote, that is, I expect activity amongst birthers to pick up as the Presidential cycle starts up. The same old nuts will morph their memes and obsessions as candidate speculation heats up. This time, the monster will bite its master, as the diehards start birfin’ in earnest on Red candidates.

    Sorry, folks, this mind virus isn’t going away. It will continue to get more eye-rollingly nauseating.

    Also expect mainstream conservatives to lash out against birfers, hard, as they serve to magnify internal strife among the base. Even tho the birfers are way out on the fringe, the Reds are going to need all the unity they can get, and birfers won’t be helpin’!

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    Joey March 13, 2014 at 2:26 pm #

    I’m not donatimg a “MONTH” (sic) to birthers or anti-birthers!

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    The Magic M (not logged in) March 13, 2014 at 3:01 pm #

    I think that birther activity one year from now will be…

    I voted “greater than today” because I think the GOP will win seats in the 2014 election and possibly take the Senate – which will inevitably energize birthers (“they can haz impeachment now!”) despite they have thrown the GOP under the bus so many times already….

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    Bernard Sussman March 13, 2014 at 3:48 pm #

    Suggest you proofread the poll questions. You’ve written “Do you donate month …?” instead of “money”. And a couple of other typos.

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    Dr. Conspiracy March 13, 2014 at 3:58 pm #

    Yes, the Fogbow solicits donations, which have mainly gone to fund document acquisition for the Jack Ryan collection and for other purposes.

    JPotter: Are there any anti-birther sites that solicit donations?

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    Crustacean March 13, 2014 at 4:08 pm #

    JPotter: Shouldn’t there be a ‘neither’ on that one? Are there any anti-birther sites that solicit donations?

    Yeah, I tried to click on “vote” without checking either box, but no go.

    Well, maybe I have contributed to an anti-birther site. I signed Doc up for a magazine subscription as a thank-you for all his hard work (that I incessantly soil with my inane wisecracks). But I wanted it to be a surprise, so I had to make a stab at his address via the un-trustworthy method of looking it up on the Internet. It’ll take a miracle for him to actually receive a single issue, I’m sure. Anyway, I’m calling that an anti-birther donation. :)

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    Dr. Conspiracy March 13, 2014 at 4:09 pm #

    I added a “neither” option.

    Crustacean: Yeah, I tried to click on “vote” without checking either box, but no go.

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    JPotter March 13, 2014 at 4:11 pm #

    Dr. Conspiracy:
    Yes, the Fogbow solicits donations, which have mainly gone to fund document acquisition for the Jack Ryan collection and for other purposes.

    Ach! Of course. I wish I could play that off as soliciting a plug for them, but I am not nearly so suave as that. Also not a Fogbower, thus I forgot. The Jack Ryan archive is an incredible resource. Some future grad researcher will thank the day they stumble across it.

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    Dr. Conspiracy March 13, 2014 at 4:13 pm #

    I reset the blog cache so that the previous corrections now appear.

    Bernard Sussman: Suggest you proofread the poll questions. You’ve written “Do you donate month …?” instead of “money”. And a couple of other typos.

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    Krosis March 13, 2014 at 5:03 pm #

    I think that right after Obama leaves office there will be an upsurge of frenetic birther activity, based on the “he’s vulnerable now!” and “this will totally annul his presidency!” reasoning, and after it fails, birtherism will be fairly lethargic.

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    Majority Will March 13, 2014 at 5:17 pm #

    Krosis:
    I think that right after Obama leaves office there will be an upsurge of frenetic birther activity, based on the “he’s vulnerable now!” and “this will totally annul his presidency!” reasoning, and after it fails, birtherism will be fairly lethargic.

    There is a small cadre of strongly delusional, reality challenged and anger filled birther bigots who will only stop polluting the internet when the inevitable face of death leans in closely and puts a bony finger up silently motioning them to be eternally quiet.

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    OD March 13, 2014 at 6:07 pm #

    I voted that my costs increased significantly, but I want to add WHY.

    One offset, to finance the ACA was a reduction in the maximum for Health FSAs, from $5,000 to $2,500. So, since I have health issues and always put the maximum in, I lose $2,500 x my marginal tax bracket — or or about $1,250 (Fed and state). That said, an FSA is a privilege of being employed, having an employer caring enough to create the FSA and having that employer foot the bill for most or all of one’s insurance coverage. So I consider that increase fair, although personally painful.

    (Plus, is going up $1,250/yr significant, these days? Not so sure, anyhow. Maybe I should vote over?)

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    Keith March 13, 2014 at 6:26 pm #

    I shouln’t have voted in the ACA categories, ’cause I live in Australia. But I did vote. My circumstances have not changed due to the ACA.

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    JPotter March 13, 2014 at 7:20 pm #

    OD: I lose $2,500 x my marginal tax bracket — or or about $1,250 (Fed and state).

    Your combined state and federal marginal rate is 50%? Wow. You must be earning $407K+/yr (congrats!) and living in either Hawaii or California.

    If that is indeed the case, doesn’t seem like $1250 should be too troubling.

    BTW, the pre-ACA $5,000 cap was not set by law, it was set by employers. That there is a statutory cap at all is new under the ACA.

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    justlw March 13, 2014 at 7:31 pm #

    I’ve donated to both Wikipedia and the Internet Archive in the last year, which I guess, like any reality-based web sites, can be considered to be “anti-birther.”

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    Crustacean March 13, 2014 at 7:53 pm #

    The list of birther sites to visit reminded me it’s been a while since I checked up on those nutty characters over at Fellowship of the Minds. So I just took a quick (mind) trip.

    I’ll just say that my pal Dr. Eowyn hasn’t lost a step. Apparently the new Cosmos television show is offensive to Christians for having the nerve to say the bible might not be the best science textbook and for allowing President Obama to give the introduction to the first episode. The FOTM article illustrated this point of view with stills of the apes from “2001: A Space Odyssey,” one of which is captioned, “If I had a descendant, he would look like President Choomgang.”

    Dr. E, anticipating the howling and gnashing of teeth surely to come from liberals and other lovers of human decency, preemptively puts us in our place:

    “To the trolls who’ll cry “Racist!”:

    Look, you can’t have it both ways. Since you believe in the unproven scientific “theory” of Darwinian evolution, which means you believe human beings had evolved from apes, then all of us — you, me, and Barry & Mooch Obama — are really all just apes. The Obamas are just closer to our simian forefathers, that’s all.”

    Isn’t it comforting to know how not racist they are?

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    Dr. Conspiracy March 13, 2014 at 7:53 pm #

    That’s impossible my state. The top marginal rate in South Carolina is 7% and the federal rates don’t go up high enough to make 50%.

    JPotter: Your combined state and federal marginal rate is 50%?

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    Whatever4 March 13, 2014 at 9:59 pm #

    That’s cool. I read often OC.org on Feedly. At the bottom of the Feedly page for this post, it says:

    Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post’s poll. [6 times]

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    OD March 14, 2014 at 12:31 am #

    JPotter: Your combined state and federal marginal rate is 50%? Wow. You must be earning $407K+/yr (congrats!) and living in either Hawaii or California.

    If that is indeed the case, doesn’t seem like $1250 should be too troubling.

    BTW, the pre-ACA $5,000 cap was not set by law, it was set by employers. That there is a statutory cap at all is new under the ACA.

    Ruh Roh. Bad math. I’m at 39% marginal (both Fed and state for Single person). And yes, California. So it cost me about a grand. And I work in finance but apparently cannot add.

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    Prostetnic justlw March 14, 2014 at 12:51 am #

    Same story with the HCSA as OD. But you know? I’m OK with that. Because I don’t think it’s a bad thing for people to work together to help each other out. In fact, I think it’s what makes the human race kind of awesome. I know, that must make me one of them soshalists, like the commies that wrote the Preamble to the Constitution.

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    Craig HS March 14, 2014 at 7:19 am #

    Keith:
    I shouln’t have voted in the ACA categories, ’cause I live in Australia. But I did vote. My circumstances have not changed due to the ACA.

    Ditto! And here I thought I was being original…

    I only did it because I hate seeing those voting radio buttons sitting there staring at me, so lonely.