A Fox News telephone poll of registered voters conducted January 18-21 found that Cruz’ Canadian birthplace wasn’t much of a factor. To the question:
Ted Cruz was born to an American citizen mother, while the family was temporarily working and living in Canada.15. [ASK GOP PRIMARY VOTERS, N=405] Does this make you less likely to vote for him as the Republican nominee?
10% said yes and 88% said no. Now what got me is the next question:
The U.S. Constitution requires that the president be a natural-born citizen. Knowing this, do you think Ted Cruz is eligible to be president of the United States, or not?
To this 61% said yes, 27% said no, and 11% didn’t know. That says that 17% of Republican voters who think he is ineligible say it doesn’t make them less likely to vote for him.
I note that there is a huge ambiguity in the first question. A voter might think that they wouldn’t vote for Ted Cruz under any circumstances, and hence nothing that could be said would make their vote for him less likely. I wonder if they made that question ambiguous intentionally. And is the respondent supposed to think that the word “temporarily” has legal significance?