Poll: Most Republicans Are Still Birthers

We're in the final year of the Obama administration and the president has a higher approval rating than the overwhelming majority of people in government, but a majority of Republicans still doubt he was born in the United States.

According to an NBC News poll, 41 percent of self-identified Republicans flat out do not believe the president was born in the U.S. and another 31 percent doubt he was. Moreover, NBC also found that it doesn't matter how educated respondents are.

Seventy-two percent of registered Republican voters still doubt President Obama's citizenship, according to a recent NBC News|SurveyMonkey poll conducted in late June and early July of more than 1,700 registered voters. And this skepticism even exists among Republicans high in political knowledge. [...]

The fact that more Republicans currently think that the president was not born in the U.S. and that this belief does not depend on how knowledgeable they are about politics is surprising.

It's not surprising at all. They're racists.

I can't imagine how Donald Trump became the Republican presidential nominee, can you?

  • fry1laurie

    The birth certificate is real. Now for this year’s election the question is, “Where are the tax returns, Donald?”

  • muselet

    It seems to me that birtherism at this late date is a hope that any day soon it will be proven that Barack Obama was ineligible to be President and therefore everything he’s done for the past eight years will be nullified. Plus, it’s a way of registering their disgust with Obama and everything they think he stands for.

    I don’t doubt there’s some—okay, more than some—racism in the mix, but it’s more a heartfelt belief that Rs hold the presidency by divine right. Think “We wuz robbed!” only with AR-15s and Gadsden flags.


  • KABoink_after_wingnut_hacker

    Since the 60’s the majority of the republican base has proven to be racist. Also…water is wet.
    I don’t see things improving soon now that the GOP seems suddenly shocked as their decades of racist rhetoric has moved from dog whistles to blatant white supremacist doctrine.
    Establishment republicans deliberately formed, coached and guided this rightwing bigotry and should not be surprised that they lost control of the monster they alone created.

    • ninjaf

      Racists fleeing the Democratic party for the Republican party during the Civil Rights era is how we lost the south. So, I guess the surprise is only that there are still that many of them left alive to vote.

  • Aynwrong

    Many years ago (more than I care to admit) I had this particular warehouse job. I think for about 9 months. Give or take. And anytime a tool or part went missing and somebody was asking around while looking for it an inevitable rhetorical response would be heard.

    “If it was up your ass you’d know!”

    When I saw that stupid sign in the picture above, that immediately came to mind. I’m not sure what that says about me. Other then I have nothing but contempt for these people.