In addition to professional scientific polling, the YouGov organization conducts a series of daily polls through its “First Verdict” app. The results aren’t scientific because the sample is self-selected, made up of volunteers who downloaded the app, but the sample size is decent, sometimes over 4,000 responses. My perhaps biased impression is that the results of these polls are skewed a bit to the right compared to other results I see.
Today First Verdict presented this question:
Donald Trump has claimed that his questioning of the circumstances of Barack Obama’s birth was a public service because it forced the President to prove he was US born. Do you agree?
3,079 responses have been tallied. The results:
- Yes, Donald Trump behaved properly throughout this controversy – 32%
- No, Mr Trump wrongly fed the idea that Barack Obama’s presidency was illegitimate – 54%
- Neither / Don’t know – 14%
In fact, President Obama proved his birthplace back in 2008 when he released his official birth certificate. The birther movement had largely gone dormant by 2011 until Trump stirred it up, leading to the release of Obama’s long form certificate, imaged by a machine that knows more about image compression than a birther, and the creation of the Cold Case Posse by Sheriff Joe Arpaio.