A new Public Policy Polling result was released today, and the results do not bode well for the Republican Party or the country as a whole (assuming that facts and reason are a good thing). The counterfactual belief expressed in my headline is particularly striking with Donald Trump’s supporters:
66% of Trump’s supporters believe that Obama is a Muslim to just 12% that grant he’s a Christian. 61% think Obama was not born in the United States to only 21% who accept that he was. And 63% want to amend the Constitution to eliminate birthright citizenship, to only 20% who want to keep things the way they are.
But overall Republicans lean the same way: 54% think Obama is a Muslim and only 29% are willing to say that he was born in the USA. Compare that to 40% who say that the admittedly Canadian-born Ted Cruz was born in the United States.
Public Policy Polling surveyed 572 usual Republican primary voters and 545 usual Democratic primary voters from August 28th to 30th. The margin of error for the Republicans is +/-4.1% and for the Democrats it’s +/-4.2%. 80% of participants responded via the phone, while 20% of respondents who did not have landlines conducted the survey over the internet.
While only 29% of Republicans overall believe Obama was born in the US, that is not the case among Republicans who support Jeb Bush or Chris Christie (56% and 59% respectively).
No wonder so many Republicans are gravitating towards Donald Trump. They don’t have a clue.
- The ‘Birther’ question gets reborn – The Washington Times
- More Republicans Believe Ted Crus Was Born in USA than Obama – Think Progress