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CNN Poll: Quarter doubt Obama was born in U.S.

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President Obama’s birth certificate (left) has been certified authentic by the Republican governor of Hawaii. His birth announcement (right) appeared in print in 1961. (PHOTO CREDIT: State of Hawaii)


Washington (CNN) - It's surely not what the leader of the free world wants for his birthday. But, for a stubborn group of Americans, conspiracy theories about President Obama's birthplace are the gifts that keep on giving.

The president celebrates his 49th birthday Wednesday. On the same day, a new national poll indicates some Americans continue to doubt the president was born in the United States. According to a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey, more than a quarter of the public have doubts about Obama's citizenship, with 11 percent saying Obama was definitely not born in the United States and another 16 percent saying the president was probably not born in the country.

Full results [pdf]

Forty-two percent of those questioned say they have absolutely no doubts that the president was born in the U.S., while 29-percent say he "probably" was.

"Not surprisingly, there are big partisan differences, although a majority of Republicans thinks Obama was definitely or probably born here," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "Eighty-five percent of Democrats say that Obama was definitely or probably born in the U.S., compared to 68 percent of independents and 57 percent of Republicans. Twenty-seven percent of Republicans say he was probably not born here, and another 14 percent of Republicans say he was definitely not born in the U.S."

The theory that the president was not born in the U.S. has nagged him since the 2008 presidential campaign. A group of true believers, known as "Birthers," have pressed the idea that Obama was born in another country - some say in his father's homeland of Kenya. By their claims, Obama is constitutionally ineligible to serve as president.

On the president's birthday, some websites bent on advancing the theory are wishing Obama a "Happy Birther Day." And some of the president's staunchest critics are fanning the flames.

On Tuesday, conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh quipped on his program, "They tell us August 4th is the birthday. We haven't seen any proof of that!"

Yet there is ample evidence that defies Limbaugh's statement and the beliefs of the 27-percent of Americans that, according to the poll, doubt the president's birthplace. CNN and other news organizations have thoroughly debunked the rumors.

Hawaii has released a copy of the president's birth certificate - officially called a "certificate of live birth." And in 1961 the hospital where the president was born placed announcements in two Hawaiian newspapers regarding Obama's birth.

The White House has called doubts that Obama was born in Hawaii "fictional nonsense."

But questions persist. So much that in May, Hawaii passed a law that allows state agencies to ignore repeated requests to view government records, including the president's birth document. Hawaii's Republican Gov. Linda Lingle signed the legislation into law.

Around that time, Lingle - who campaigned for Sen. John McCain and Sarah Palin in 2008 - criticized questions about the president's birth.

In a WABC interview before signing the legislation, Lingle said, "...I had my health director, who is a physician by background, go personally view the birth certificate in the birth records of the Department of Health." Lingle added, " … The president was in fact born at Kapi'olani Hospital in Honolulu, Hawaii. And that's just a fact."

"It's been established he was born here," the governor continued. "I can understand why people want to make certain that the constitutional requirement of being a, you know, natural born American citizen … but the question has been asked and answered. And I think just we should all move on now."

The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll was conducted July 16-21, with 1,018 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points.

– CNN's Alexander Mooney, Paul Steinhauser and Sam Feist contributed to this report

soundoff (324 Responses)
  1. Can't we all just get along?

    So a quarter of the people are that freaking stupid?

    August 4, 2010 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  2. hillcrester

    The GOP far-right whack-a-doodles will destroy themselves, but greatly damage this country in the process. "Have you no shame?"

    August 4, 2010 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  3. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    There are a lot of ignorant people in this country. Consider George W. Bush being elected twice!

    August 4, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  4. Enrique

    I would bet that the same people who don't believe that President Obama was born in the US are the same ones who believe that Sarah Palin has a brain. This all makes sense now.

    August 4, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  5. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    You are never going to convince the Birhters anyway so why give stories like these credence?

    August 4, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  6. Jimbo (The Real One)

    Of course he wasn't born in the United States. At least that is what Elvis told me last week when I spotted him at a White Hen in Cleveland...!

    August 4, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  7. Dan, TX

    America is not failing because of politicians, it is failing because the American people are happy and don't want to have to understand complex issues. The American people are like George Bush, they want to do what their gut says, without having to really understand all the facts. Shame on the American people.

    August 4, 2010 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  8. Midwest

    Sad to see that such a large group of Americans are nuts.

    August 4, 2010 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  9. Brian

    These people should be required to have MORON tattooed across their foreheads so we can more easily distinguish them in public.

    August 4, 2010 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  10. why

    It doesn't really matter because if your parents are citizens, which his mother clearly was, then you are. End of story. He is a "natural born citizen" by definition. Go look it up you idiots! It doesn't matter if he was born on Mars, so long as his mother is a citizen he is a citizen and he is eligible to hold office, if there was even a doubt of his qualifications to anyone with a brain or matter, he would not be in office. And bottom line is Barack Obama IS the President.

    August 4, 2010 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  11. Dave

    Interesting coincidence. Those who think Obama was born outside this country are also to the right on the political spectrum. Sounds like the same proportion of idiots and knuckle-draggers who think Sarah Palin has a measureable IQ. Perhaps you could all find time to join the Flat Earth Society. That is, of course, when you're not wiping up your own drool.

    August 4, 2010 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  12. Darth Vadik, CA

    Aside from the ridiculousness of these morons believing this crap...

    ...these same exact morons were talking about changing the constitution to allow foreign born and now American citizens to run for president because they had high hopes for Arnold the Governator.

    So kids as you can see, Republifreaks are OK when it comes to changing the constitution when it suits their own moronic purposes, but the rest of us (who are normal) are all here as "activists."

    Oh please Republicans, you lost your credibility when Goldwater died, now you are just a big joke everyone laughs at. Go pray or something...

    August 4, 2010 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  13. Dave in Albuquerque

    In other words, 11 percent of the people polled were definitely racists, and another 16 percent were probably racists. With higher percentages among the Republicans polled.

    August 4, 2010 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  14. XWngLady

    "Birthers" are mentally disturbed. Period.

    August 4, 2010 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  15. Linda from Minnesota

    Not sure what more proof they need but instead of focusing on where he was born, why don't these people focus on working together with democrats to find solutions to the problems we have.

    August 4, 2010 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  16. Not All Docs Play Golf

    For that 25% who think the earth is flat, no photos from space showing it to be round can sway them.

    August 4, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  17. Djinn

    The majority of Americans elected Barack Obama, a Black American, by a landslide to be the President of the United States of America. He is our President. He is an American. Those who keep this bulls__t up are anti-American and most likely racist to boot. So if this is you, take your pea-brained problems and hop the next freighter for someplace that will put up with your crap. THIS is AMERICA. If you don't like it, go the hell away and let OUR President continue to solve our problems [the ones that the last President created for us].

    August 4, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  18. Can't we all just get along?

    Oh, and just to recap – Hawaii became a US state in 1959. President Obama was born in 1960.

    He's an American citizen.

    August 4, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  19. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Where exactly was John McCain born?

    August 4, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  20. Not All Docs Play Golf

    For that 25% who think the earth is flat, no photos from space showing it to be round can sway them. Ignorance is alive and well in the right wing, and even the Republican leadership gives tacit approval and courts this faction.

    August 4, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  21. GL

    This is the main reason why Republicans will not win back Congress because they have too many nuts in their party.

    August 4, 2010 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  22. TFParker

    So, 25% of the population is composed of idiots. And I would bet this has always been true!

    August 4, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  23. Steve

    I can understand not liking his policies, but peoples' stupidity regarding whether or not he was born in USA is astonishing. Admittedly, I've never run for president of the USA, but I'd imagine that there are a lot of hoops to jump through just to get on the ballot, and people would realize if you're not eligible.

    The Republican governor of Hawaii, who opposed Obama's campaign, has come out numerous times and proven he was born in Honolulu. What more do these lunatics want him to do??

    August 4, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  24. you all need a hobby

    this is just the dumbest thing you could be focusing on.... don't you have any real problems or perhaps a job you could be concentrating on?

    August 4, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  25. MrCullen

    These statistics are staggering. It looks like 27 percent of the people polled have been failed by the public school system. Can we get these people some help, or would that be too socialist of us to do so?

    August 4, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  26. all the news that's fit to omit

    Just something else I don't care about, but remember OVER 30 percent of the country thought 9-11 was an inside job.

    Stupid is as stupid does.............

    Next story..............

    August 4, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  27. Please

    Just shows how this country is going down the tubes. Right wing followers refuse to think for themselves. Whatever dribble Rush et al spew they believe – Obama is not a citizen, Death panels, weapons of mass destruction, etc. How any educated person sides with the right wing is amazing – I'm not saying they should be dems, maybe start their own party that actually values thought though. (Sorry teabaggers, you are the worst non-thinkers out there.)

    August 4, 2010 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  28. Marie MD

    Hey fat boy limberger, the proof is right is front of you but those fat eyeleds of yours don't let you see beyond your stupidity and hatred.
    Does this tub of lard have anything to say about mcnasty who WAS born in Panama?
    BTW – wasn't he supposed to move to Costa Rica? Has anyone bought his NY apartment? Even fumigating it to the maximum wouldn't get rid of his stink!
    I am glad the State of Hawaii has put a stop to the various claims by the same individuals hoping the next time would be the charm.
    These prople are beyond capable of any decency. I am sure the FBI and Secret Service wish they realize that they do a better job with vetting than mcnasty did with the imbecile from AK. Look at us still fooling around with these idiots after two years of them being defeated.

    August 4, 2010 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  29. sharon

    Did the "birthers" ever concider that their fellow gop er's that either want to leave the Union or want to take away the "birth rights" of children born in the US are still barking up a very old dead tree???????????????????????????????????????????????

    Not to mention.......if birth rights are taken away from children born here to parents that are later found to have been "illegal imigrants"......then they also wish their citizenship to be challanged??????????

    Immigrants to this country, that correctly should still be called "Turtle Island", before it was stolen,desecrated and destroyed....(.you know: bp ......oil desaters, coal mining ......stripping away the Earth.......putting toxic chemicals into the water.....................things like this).........came here uninvited..........."illegal"................so then their offfspring should lose their "citizenship"........right????????????

    Turtle Island inhabitants will not mind.

    Go ahead with allllllllllllllllllllllll your plans......they may backfire on you.
    Are you ready for this?
    good ole' gop party..........tea bagers.

    August 4, 2010 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  30. rdepontb

    Nothing we can say to these people now, is there. Maybe-probably-they could all move to Texas and have that state join Mexico instead of the US of A. That should help absolve them of the shame of having, in their eyes, a non-native US President. See ya'll, amigos.

    August 4, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  31. TTBALA

    It is sad to know in this country that still more than a quarter of the public is racist, because the only reason these is being harped on is because the president is Black ABSULUTELY NO OTHER REASON, America wake up and teach all these racist that we don't have a place for them in this country.

    August 4, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  32. Jason

    Sorry, according to these numbers, technically it means 58% of the country has doubts that Obama was born in the US.

    August 4, 2010 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  33. Laverne

    Just pure ignorance! I have never known any US President birth rights to be challenges like President Obama, it is just ridiculous. The way people are coming after him, if there was any proof he was not a US citizen, it would have already come out. If Senator McCain would have won and thank God he did not, we would not be hearing all this crap and he WAS NOT born in the US. The level of hatred thrown at this presidency, and not necessary because of his policies, but because who he is is absolutely mind boggling! There will never be anything such as equal rights and all men created equal in America. It is a sad truth, but nonetheless it is true. The seed of hatred for blacks is so deep seeded and deep rooted, it could never be overcome in this lifetime. I can see why black people dislike most whites, I am white woman and I don't blame them at all, it is shameful!

    August 4, 2010 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  34. AmericanPeople

    100% of me thinks that 25% of the American people are uneducated morons.

    August 4, 2010 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  35. Augsbee

    Obama's mother's Passport would be the one document that would tell us if she left Hawaii pregnant and when did she return to Hawaii??before or after the birth????? it's a simple, nice love story.
    I don't believe it's "conspiracy theories", it's just that the reality tells us that the girl was extremely young, 3 months pregnant when she married a man who had already been married, had experience, was a foreign student from Kenya in Hawaii and most likely she went back to Kenya with him to see the family and there is a big chance he stayed in Kenya with her and their son was born in Kenya.
    This is about a very young girl in love, pregnant, she wasn't thinking politics.
    She entered Hawaii with the baby and she had the right to give him the USA as his Birthplace. The newspaper announcement could have been posted, paid by her parents in Hawaii.

    August 4, 2010 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  36. KLK

    That quarter who don't believe the Pres. was born in the USA are likely all poorly educated, fat, white southerners who don't speak standard English, and get constant misinformation from FOX entertainment news. As we say in the south "bless their hearts."

    August 4, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  37. nomad

    Well if Rush says there's no proof, then it must be true. . . really no surprise here; these are the same predictable ( REAL Americans, they call themselves) wingnuts that believe in Sarah, glassy eyed Michelle B., global warming is a hoax, on and on. If you know any of these people, challenge them every day on the facts, educate yourself, be civil- and try to help people understand the vile lies the Reich are pushing. Its all you can do. Oh yeah, Anne Coulter, almost forgot her.

    August 4, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  38. Sgt. John

    Yes, and a quarter would like us to revert back 200 years, especially the ones sitting home taking these stupid poll questions, so what? Proof that we have ignorant nutcakes living in this country is not big news; just a sad reminder that all those taxes spent on education doesn't pay off 100%.

    August 4, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  39. Laurie

    Happy Birthday Mr. President, Hawaii celebrates with you! Let the wackos think what they want, they don't care about facts they twist at any opportunity. They prefer hate and disguise it however they choose, but America doesn't buy it. It is so difficult to comprehend that the "patriots" prefer to push their hateful agenda much to the detriment of the country they profess to love. They keep trying and keep failing...they are the ones dragging the country down but surprise things are improving despite their best efforts.

    August 4, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  40. ps

    The far right has never left facts get in their way, why would the actual certificate be any different.

    I heard from Fox that the world was flat, don't get too close to the edge, you'll fall off and burn in hell.

    August 4, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  41. Why are we still talking about this?

    1/4th of the country obviously either cant read or they have forgotten that Hawaii is in fact a part of the USA. Perhaps a lesson in history or geography would help those 25%.

    August 4, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  42. a little sad

    Similar to the number of people who consider Palin qualitifed to be president.

    I don't understand why people are so willing to lie to themselves.

    August 4, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  43. carlos

    what do you expect from RETARDS??????INBREDS???????HAY SMOKERS???????RACCOON MEAT EATERS??????ERRRRRRRS???????

    August 4, 2010 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  44. Rob Ermets

    You know father race is still listed wrong for the era this document was reported to come from.... stupid detail anyway

    August 4, 2010 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  45. prsmith

    Much ado over nothing. Where Obama was born is irrelevant. The fact that his father was a Kenyan national and a British subject and NOT a U.S. citizen is all that is necessary to disqualify Barry to be the POTUS. Unfortunately, the fox is guarding the hen house and we likely won't get anyone in the government to do anything about it. The globalists are in control and it appears that we don't have the cajones to do anything about it.

    August 4, 2010 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  46. JC from Kansas-40 years a Republican

    Why is this even in the news. A group of ignorant individuals grasping at straws attempting to bring down an adminstration? He is a natural born citizen of the United States. This actually, does not merit any more attention what so ever, if you don't like the guy pull up your big boy panties and get over it.

    August 4, 2010 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  47. Eric 31m

    How do we know the certificate above is not a fake? We're not stupid, CNN.

    August 4, 2010 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  48. Dale

    THERE ARE REASONS TO DOUBT
    - He doesn't act like an American president
    - He is more worried about complying to other countries than his own.
    - He is letting this racism talk get out of control.
    - He underestimates our enemies.
    - He's definitely racist against white people.
    - He is a power monger- Wants to control every aspect of our lives.
    - He don't believe in our constitution
    - He don't listen "TO THE PEOPLE" and over runs us.

    And last but not least HE IS VERY DISREPECTFUL to our religeons, our beliefs in prayer, our dead soldiers, our constitution and our flag.

    August 4, 2010 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  49. Steve51

    The lack of intelligence in the U.S. will be our downfall.

    August 4, 2010 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  50. chenna_benna

    why report on the moronic. By doing so you are only egging them on.

    August 4, 2010 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  51. vlj in mn

    I suppose the birth announcement in 2 leading Hawaii newspapers back in 1961 were falsified as well?? These newspapers weren't published in Kenya!! Give it a rest and focus on things that really matter!

    August 4, 2010 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  52. DENNA

    That quarter of Americans are sad, very sad. There is no way at all that the Republicans didn't turn every stone trying to prove that the president isn't an American. Unfortunately for them, Hawaii was a state when President Obama was born there so that makes him a US citizen. Get over it. Denying his citizenship won't make it so. John McCain was born on an American base in Panama, so that also makes him a US citizen. What in the world is wrong with you people? Now you want to mess with the Constitution. Stop! Just stop !

    August 4, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  53. Jim

    Here is the very simple litmus test: you are I as Americans should be able to show our Birth Certificates without delays, excuses, cover ups, conspiracies etc. Yet the President has his sealed in Hawaii. Why? Unless he (or his handlers) are covering up something, he should bring in forth the certificate to display to all at a press conference. He should bring a non-partisan official who can confirm the authenticity of the document to all and provide visible proof. This act once and for all would dispel the controversy and silence the critics.

    August 4, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  54. sonny chapman

    Is it any wonder why America is incapable of solving it's problems ? Too many people thinking with body parts other than the brain.

    August 4, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  55. Robin in SC

    So tired of this lie and those who won't let it die. After almost two years of infallible evidence of Obama's citzenship, its time to STOP THE LIES!

    August 4, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  56. Ferret out the BS

    So have the 41% of Republicans, Rush Limbaugh and cronies been certified as actually sane? However we all know that Rush is a drug addict, some serious stuff too. I guess that's why the Republican's listen to him, he speaks in a language of hate fueled by his need for dope.

    August 4, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  57. Tom

    With all the evidence, and all the government agencies checking into it, and all the Conservative wack-jobs who have claimed to know more than anyone else in the world, and have been unable to find anything resembling a cover up – with all of this; if you still do not believe the president was not born in the United States, you should just no be allowed to vote – for anything! Political or even on the dial in reality TV shows. You just toooo stupid to be part of society!!

    August 4, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  58. ETM

    What a remarkably ignorant and foolish people we are that a stupid rumor started by Obama's enemies is believed by so many. I wonder how many of these people believe in the Easter Bunny too.

    August 4, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  59. Mathew

    That's probably the same quarter that think Adam and Eve rode dinosaurs to church.

    August 4, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  60. yoyoma

    "America"...getting dumber by the day

    August 4, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  61. Tom-Vermillion, Ohio

    First of all, it is noted that Rus Limbaugh has a quote in the article. My question is, is how many of that 1/4 support the Tea Party? Now, back to Rus Limbaugh, I think he should be deported because he is clearly unAmerican and he seeks to bring down this country. I want to see his proof of citizenship, social security card, birth certificate, drivers license, etc. I know right now that I believe all those documents are probably a forgery. So I'll just keep on 'hammering' him via the news outlets until I'm satisfied he is indeed NOT an American. Therefore, on those grounds he is not an American Citizen and must be deported. Trouble is, I don't know of a country that would take him.

    August 4, 2010 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  62. p

    The evidence is and has always been irrefutable.
    - But no matter.
    This celebration of ignorance and pigheadedness will continue.
    I rightly predicted that Obama's election would bring all the outraged racists out of the woodwork, like cockroaches. It is good, however, that they go ahead and identify themselves in this way, so we know who they are, where they are...
    Let's face facts:
    These wackjobs will never accept the fact that a black American man was elected as POTUS fairly and squarely.
    Just like the all-white juries in Mississippi, back in the day, who could decide the guilt of a black suspect, just by looking at him – nevermind the facts!

    August 4, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  63. Logan in IA

    And this is why a large portion of Americans are simply ignorant. No wonder our country elects hypocrites like republicans into office time and time again.

    August 4, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  64. Jimbo (The Real One)

    I can only assume that the 25% that still doubt the authenticity of the President's birth certificate also had trouble graduating the 8th grade. Clearly they are easily manipulated by the likes of Limbaugh, Beck, Hannity and told how and what to think. It's really too bad to waste time on such a foolish topic when we have so many greater problems to address in this country.

    August 4, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  65. Crazy Harry

    It so sad to think that 25% of our country or over 75 Million people are that deluded.

    Maybe we want to reconsider that free speech amendment thing?

    August 4, 2010 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  66. Grog in Ohio

    What a sorry indictment of the American public that such utter nonsense, spurred by the right wing nut-o-sphere, has made such a penetration into the American psyche. Sad.

    August 4, 2010 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  67. glib lib

    All this poll does is verify that 27% of the people who were polled are dumb@$$3$.

    August 4, 2010 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  68. Frank from Gilroy

    It's the same 25% of the dumbass rednecks that were giving Bush a positive rating when he left office. The GOP knows hate sells and they set it up on a platter for these dumbass rednecks to gobble up.

    August 4, 2010 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  69. Get A Grip

    I will say at first I thought these 'birthers' were just a bunch of crazy people, but as time goes on I'm beginning to think they're on to something. Just read the other day where Mama Obama's passport was "accidentally" destroyed. Interesting because it would have shown where she was when Barry was born. Also read that Daddy Obama's FBI file was "accidentally" destroyed. Start putting all this, and other information regarding Obama's birth place and I can certainly see where people believe Barry was not born here in the United States. Come to think of it, I'm 99.9% convinced Barry is not a U.S. citizen.

    August 4, 2010 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  70. Da Professor

    Lets see now - A quarter think Obama was not born in the United States. That accounts for the right-wing extremists who will say anything and do anything to retake the Congress and the White House. What pathetic fools they are!

    August 4, 2010 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  71. Lionhart

    Happy Birthday Mr. President!!!!!

    August 4, 2010 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  72. Tony

    Sadly, the race-baiting arm of the Republican party (far right fringe) has succeeded at instilling this doubt. For the short term it may win them some votes, but in the long term (and they NEVER think long term) it will cost them.

    August 4, 2010 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  73. Steve A. , New Braunfels , Texas

    S0 what?..even if he was born in another country he's still better rhan any of our "home grown" trash.

    August 4, 2010 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  74. CR

    The Tea Party/Birther/Republicans are a lost cause. Mean and crazy people aren't going to change.

    August 4, 2010 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  75. floridian

    Let's put it to rest. He is our President and we need to accept that. Happy Birthday, Mr. President, from a die-hard, conservative, registered Republican.

    August 4, 2010 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  76. Clint, Wa.

    Neaner, neaner, neaner, repukes

    August 4, 2010 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  77. David

    The CIA, FBI and Secret Service don't seem to doubt his eligibility, yet 27% of Americans seem to accept random emails and blogs they read on the "interwebs" as the truth. How odd. Somehow I doubt a guy pecking away at a computer in his mom's basement has access to information the entire U.S. government didn't when this issue was first addressed two years ago. This poll proves that 27% of Americans are nothing more than stubbon, gullible partisans blinded by hate and an inability to accept the fact that their side lost in the last election.

    August 4, 2010 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  78. Robert Cloosdoosch

    "some Americans continue to doubt the president was born in the United States"

    Yes, and some Americans think that we never went to the moon,
    they have been abducted by aliens or that 9/11 was an inside job. Why do you keep giving publicity to these kooks? (and I am including Limbaugh in that group)

    August 4, 2010 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  79. ex-sarge

    I don't care if you are Republican or Democrat, Tea Party or Libertarian,

    August 4, 2010 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  80. KM

    The Birthers still believe that President Obama was not borne in the U.S? Nobody told the Birthers that Hawaii was our 50th state and to add insult to injury, Alaska and Hawaii is not a part of the continental U.S. but they are states for those who just don't believe so.

    Let's not look down on the Birthers, it's not their fault that they are uneducated and uninformed and didn't pay attention in school.

    August 4, 2010 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  81. Rick

    thats why obama doesnt want to pass immigration because he is an illegal. ship him home and we will in november unless he pulls a non-election disaster, we know what you are up to and we the people of America, the true patriots will stop you

    August 4, 2010 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  82. Steven A.

    Get over it. He is the president and you are WRONG.

    August 4, 2010 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  83. Craig

    So sad

    August 4, 2010 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  84. Srinivasa Narayanan

    you guys should be ashamed of even asking this question. You are not asking the president the question. you are doubting the entire election system of America. They won't have passed him to be a senator if this is the case. They have accepted his document and so the media and people should do. Media is the main culprit of even taking up this subject and building a momentum on this for a discussion. SHAME ON YOU CNN AND especially to GOPers and FOX NEWS!

    August 4, 2010 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  85. chuckster

    Stop calling them stubborn.

    Stubborn is someone who stands up for what they BELIEVE to be right, but I don't associate the word stubborn with someone who insists that grass is actually purple or that people can actually breathe water.

    In these cases, belief has no place in the discussion because the matter is one that is governed by a determinable fact. Remember facts? They are actually more important than beliefs, although it seems to me that 2/3rds of the loons in the Republican Party have forgotten the distinction between a fact and a belief.

    A person who insists on believing that grass is purple is not stubborn; s/he is delusional. Delusional thinking is a symptom of incipient mental illness. So lets be clear here.

    At best, the birthers are mentally and/or emotionally ill. At worst, they are ignorant and/or stupid people, acting out their latent racism.

    Stubborn can be respected. I can't respect people who keep telling me that grass is purple. I can feel sorry for such people...I will willingly contribute to a fund to ensure that they have enough tin foil for their protective head coverings...but I can't respect them and neither should anyone else.

    So stop calling them stubborn.

    August 4, 2010 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  86. Bob C

    So there you have it. 11% of those polled are insane and nearly a 1/4 are stupid. Got to love America.

    August 4, 2010 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  87. Sally

    For God's sake, this has to stop! We have a lot of things to deal with and people are still focused on this? If they want to worry about someone not born on US soil, how about Sen. McCain?

    August 4, 2010 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  88. vic

    2009 January I thought we reached a milestone. But some wants to go backwards

    Some politician divide the people to win the election because they don’t have policy 2010 we are seeing that again .It will back fire

    August 4, 2010 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  89. Terry in Iowa

    This tells me that there are 11% who live in there own little world and wouldn’t recognize fact from fiction if it bit them in the arse. And another 16% who are nothing but lemmings and ditto heads being brainwashed by Fox and conservative radio personalities who appear to be part of the first 11%.

    If you repeat something long enough and loud enough, even lies and the brain dead will believe it without question and without fact.

    These are the core of the Republican party, do we really want puppets in control of our future. We had eight long dark years of ignorance and it wasn’t bliss.

    August 4, 2010 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  90. old soldier

    Governor, give up trying to convince them! Their minds are closed, loaded, and locked. Trying to speak rationally to idiots is a waste of time you should be spending on governing your state. It's like trying to push a wet noodle up hill, with your nose, on an 80 grit sandpaper surface: you may be able to do it, but your nose will be bloody and stumped. Don't waste time on idiots. You have a budget to balance; services to provide; huge traffic hiccups; and citizens to protect. These mouth-breathers wouldn't believe you if you had every news crew in the world filming his birth canal exit on your state legislature front steps. Move on! It's good you are a Republican: you provide evidence the current GOP won't even believe itself. God must love fools since He created so many of them.

    August 4, 2010 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  91. gt

    the people voted him in,,, its there fault...vote him out,,,

    August 4, 2010 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  92. These dopes never stop

    About the same percentage of people who believe in UFOs, go to psychics, etc. This country is built , unfortunately, on a base population of morons. More people in US know their astrological sign, but not their blood type. Most can't say the Pledge of Allegience, but know all the words to the Gilligan's Island theme song.

    These are the birthers. Unfortunately, they consume our oxygen and sadly elect people to office who think along similar lines. I use the term "think" loosely here.

    August 4, 2010 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  93. Shari from Madison WI

    Oh boy, there are certainly a lot of bigots and idiots in this country. If Obama was white there would be no question he was a US citizen. John McCain says he is a US citizen by birth even thought he was actually born in Panama.

    August 4, 2010 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  94. Tired of Ignorant Birthers

    CNN is this a slow news day?

    August 4, 2010 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  95. KF

    For those doubting this birth place, consider the source.
    These people are wacos or just plan ignorant..

    August 4, 2010 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  96. roro

    I suppose this means that a quarter of those who voiced an opinion don't know what they're talking about. Personally, I believe this is all about race. No one brought up the FACT that John McCain WAS born in PANAMA. And the documents above certainly appear authentic. After all, the REPUBLICAN governor of Hawaii has certified them to be authentic. What else do these idiots need as proof?

    August 4, 2010 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  97. Tom

    The same people who doubt evolution, climate change, and are 100% sure Jesus will return during their lifetimes. I'm totally cool with disenfrachising the stupid voting component in this country. No college degree? No vote.

    August 4, 2010 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  98. Mr. Moderate

    Let's see, a quarter doubt the president;s citizenship, a quarter approved of the job Pres Bush was doing in his final months, a quarter feel Sarah Palin would be a good president.

    Seems that a quarter of the population is idiots.

    August 4, 2010 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  99. Frank

    he was born in Kenya...that is where is father wanted him to be born
    please show us the BC that has the docs signature and BHO's footprint on it!
    anyone can take out a birth anouncement.....could be that the grandparents did it (since the daughter was not in the country!) to tell all their friends
    the reason why this is still a problem is because we don't have TRANSPARENCY!

    August 4, 2010 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  100. Sherry

    Please tell those who don't believe our President was born in the U.S. - remind them of their Civics lessons - H A W A I I is a State of the United States. Also, would this be an issue if McCain won - remember he was NOT born in the United States. Do your research!!!! Okay, what did you find? I was right.

    August 4, 2010 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  101. Todd M

    The next question for the doubters should be , OK. Where is your proof that he was born somewhere else.

    Atheists could just as well say. I don't bellieve in God because I haven't personally seen God.

    August 4, 2010 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  102. Jackson from Rome, GA

    Well, it's official.

    1 out of every 4 people are functionally retarded.

    August 4, 2010 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  103. Zel in CT

    These people are so deluded that God himself could come down, inform them that Obama was born in Hawaii, and they'd still insist they have no proof.

    I say we deport these idiots; they're dragging our great country into the valley of the stupid.

    August 4, 2010 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  104. ex-sarge

    I don't care if you are Republican or Democrat, Tea Party or Libertarian, WHY IS THIS AN ISSUE????? Can we have an honest debate about real issues that concern the lower (pay wise) 95% of Amercians? Why is it that Gun, God, and Gays are election issues only? Because when the right uses those issues to scare their voting base they get elected, then when they are in charge, they don't do anything about those same issues, so they can keep using them over and over. Also, why is the same people who won't believe Obama is an American, did not have a problem with the citizenship of John McCain, who was born in Panama.

    August 4, 2010 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  105. chaz in Colorado

    It is amazing to me that 27% of Americans can be that ignorant or just plain stupid. The lies of the GOP and the talking heads should be totally disregarded, and generally is by the more educated and intelligent Americans.

    August 4, 2010 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  106. chenna_benna

    But these people aren't racist...right? All the evidence in the world proving the president was born here and they will still say he is not an American citizen just to say he is not one of us. Can those 25% show us their birth certificates?

    August 4, 2010 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  107. Independent In Albany

    No doubt Limbaugh and the birthers think the earth is flat too

    The short bus is over there fallas

    August 4, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  108. teachend

    Wow. How sad for those deluded extremists, so willing to believe propaganda and lies. I know you guys WANT to believe this of Obama. But wanting to believe it does not make it true. I know there are also crazies on the left who believe that Cheney and Rumsfeld planned the 9/11 attack, but they are a very small percentage. I guess the left doesn't have Limbaugh and Fox News to keep the rumors flying.

    How sad for America.

    August 4, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  109. CHRISEZ

    Birthers are a pretty stupid bunch.

    August 4, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  110. Futon Torpedo

    -On Tuesday, conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh quipped on his program, "They tell us August 4th is the birthday. We haven't seen any proof of that!"-

    "Classy" Conservatives?

    Bunch of clowns!

    August 4, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  111. Bill Taylor

    The reason this continues to come up is because CNN and other news orignaztions entertains this by print or comments on this issue. If the news stop reporting this lie. You and I know it will go away. Therefore the news reporting orginaztions in america is part of the blame for this problem.
    When will we mature and focus more on Americas problems!!!!!

    August 4, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  112. Frank from Gilroy

    Can people really be this stupid. Hillary and McCain had over 200 million dollars in there war chests to dig up everything they could on this guy and all they could come up with was Ayers and the preacher in 18 months mudd slinging. If there was any way that Obama was born outside of the USA these two had every reason in the world to expose it. Even McCain who over the last 2 years has proven he has no morals or fear of saying anything totally stupid didn't go there. The 25% of the public that kling to this are nothing but rasist dumbass rednecks.

    August 4, 2010 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  113. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    conspiracy theories about President Obama's birthplace are the gifts that keep on giving.
    -------------------------------–

    Yes indeed! the "gifts" that keep on giving life to a sensationalistic, and more often than not divisive press, in their all-out quest for RATINGS!!

    Did you ever think that if you'd stop giving "life" to these lunatics and their demented claim, that they'd go away?!

    Cheers to you CNN. Not.

    August 4, 2010 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  114. DeFactoKing

    And even though I'm not a George W Bush fan, many said he was truly the antichrist. Hmmm, guess there are just so many nutcases out there that fiction becomes truth these days. Meanwhile, people are starving and losing their homes. But what matters – what some lunatic nutcase group thinks about a birth certificate.

    August 4, 2010 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  115. Kobie

    CNN....Why d you continue to perpetuate this? You are doing a disservice not only to your own organization (creditbility), but also to the American people. The media is bordering on the dangerous the way they have covered politics in the half decade.

    August 4, 2010 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  116. Jan

    I don't care where he was born he's a much better President than John McCain would have been and who was 4th from the bottom of his Naval Academy Class, doesn't know how many homes he owns and unleashed Sarah Palin on this country, for which I'll never forgive him.

    Happy Birthday Mr President and many, many more.

    August 4, 2010 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  117. Mathew

    Phew. Only 25% of this country's citizens are complete morons. I thought the number was much higher.

    August 4, 2010 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  118. Ron in california

    Stop this Birther nonsense. He is elected President...even though many of us don't like hs policies...it's to late. get over it. You are making those you are associated with look foolish.

    August 4, 2010 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  119. Joseph

    It's your stupid reporting that keeps bringing this topic up that makes it the gift that keeps on giving.

    Imagine this poll question:

    President Obama, being an elitist, believes strongly that 1+1=2. Many real Americans are not too sure about that. They think our nation makes more out of 1+1. What do you think 1+1 =?
    a) 2
    b) 3
    c) Anything but 2
    d) 0

    Stupid questions deserve stupid answers. CNN, you are contributing to the dumbing down of America.

    August 4, 2010 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  120. Voice of Reason

    It is any wonder? These are probably the same 1/4th that thought Saddam Hussein was behind 9/11. Or the same 1/4th that thinks the world will end in 2012 because the Mayan calendar ends there.

    Puh-Leeeze! Are we REALLY that dumb?? If you spin something the wrong way enough, or say the same stupid thing often enough, eventually someone will fall for it. It's like political Phishing.

    August 4, 2010 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  121. ramtruck2500

    For christ sake what can ya say he has caused all things that are evil since the dawn of time everything is negative. To be honest I got sick of this shit with Bush and now its just his turn. so anything positive to report on? Obviously not just ask the GOP. They are the first to tell you hes sending us all to hell. i guess i am just differentI see good stats and some good things. Way to go GOP you can make anything look like trash, of course it takes one to know one.

    August 4, 2010 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  122. Don

    As a white guy, I can still say that this seems like it's predominantly a racism issue. To those people who are too moronic to understand the weight of evidence showing the basic truth that this guy is a US-born citizen, ask yourself this: would you be asking this if the President were blonde-haired and blue eyed?

    This is just one more way that the racially intolerant, or hopelessly ideological, people in this country can cling to their misguided hope that some day they will wake up and the election of a black man was a horrible nightmare rather than the truth in this country.

    August 4, 2010 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  123. Sue

    Surely these daft individuals that still believe Barack Obama was not born in the US have some sort of brain disorder! They really need to seek help!

    August 4, 2010 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  124. FDA

    This man is trying to run this country. This group, headed by Limbaugh, Beck and Hannity, have done more to damage this nation than anyone in history, The republican blockade of any, (or all) bills including legislation of their own, has reached a point where even the dumbest Americans should see it. Canada is looking better and better. Let the conservative hate mongers have this country. Let them finish what their beloved Bush started!

    August 4, 2010 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  125. ConstitutionalPatriot

    A certificate of live birth is not the same as a birth certificate. You can show up with your newly born baby from god knows where and get one of those. Let's see the real thing! What is Obama trying to hide by not simply addressing the issue and laying it to rest?

    August 4, 2010 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  126. cf

    We still haven't seen the birth certificates of Sarah Palin, Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee, Michael Steele, John Boehner, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Bill O"reilly, Newt Gingrich, Dick Cheney, etc, etc, etc.

    August 4, 2010 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  127. MoJo

    Awful lot of really stupid racists walking around out there.

    Watch out! The black helicopters are coming for you now!

    August 4, 2010 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  128. buster brown

    Do we need any more proof that a quarter of the population is mentally challenged?

    August 4, 2010 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  129. Grahame Rhodes

    Which just proves that one third of all Americans are stupider that the other three

    August 4, 2010 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  130. Blaum

    He was born a US citizen.... I don't doubt that.

    He just happens to be a disaster as a president.... that's what concerns me...

    August 4, 2010 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  131. Danny Boy

    Wow..that's surprising...1/4 of America is stupid?

    August 4, 2010 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  132. Al

    Limbaugh's comment is actually pretty funny as it does spoof the silliness of this whole thing. I swear, if the president were born in Kenya there'd be people claiming that was faked, too. I just want these birthers to stand up and swear that had McCain been elected they'd have gone after him for not being born on American soil, too.

    August 4, 2010 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  133. kierthos

    This just in.

    11% polled are complete retards.
    16% polled are only major retards.

    Jesus H. Tap Dancing Christ, nothing is going to convince these morons of the truth.

    August 4, 2010 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  134. Krista

    "Birthers" are racists, pure and simple. I wonder if they would go after McCain with the same fervor. He was born on a military base outside the U.S. There's more question there about his legal standing than anything that could be thrown at President Obama.

    I guess there are some people who just can't understand the concept of Hawaii being a state, or that they are bi-racial couples in the U.S.

    August 4, 2010 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  135. Mark

    Are we still talking about this non-issue? Come on CNN, give us some real news.

    August 4, 2010 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  136. Irma in North Carolina

    Well it looks like the racists tea party gang and Palin and fox news are up to the same old stuff again. This is getting rather tiresome and some one should put an end to this once and forall.

    August 4, 2010 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  137. sara

    this is so very stupid. How did he get to be a Senator if he was not a US born citizen. Come on folks stop it all ready

    August 4, 2010 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  138. Florida Joe

    with all the issues facing us in the USA this is the nonsense they are worried about .............HE WON GET OVER IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 4, 2010 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  139. ThinkAgain

    I've talked to a couple "birthers" and I can attest that they aren't the brightest bulbs in the pack.

    The GOP didn't want President Obama to win in 2008. If President Obama's birth certificate was fake, the GOP, with its millions of dollars, would have taken the issue to court and proven it beyond a shadow of a doubt.

    That, plus the fact that our Federal investigative agencies have confirmed the authenticity of the President's Hawaiian birth certificate (along with the appropriate authorities in Hawaii itself).

    The only problem here is the birthers inability to accept the fact that an African-American is in the White House.

    August 4, 2010 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  140. fielding mellish

    Sheer stupidity thanks to the relentless right wing campaign to ignore the truth and promote doubt. Scare tactics work best on the ignorant.

    August 4, 2010 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  141. BobH

    Interestingly, similar percentages of Americans, in a National Science Foundation study, did not know that earth goes around the sun.

    So I think what we've determined here is that 25% of Americans are really, really stupid.

    August 4, 2010 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  142. Pam

    It is quite apparent that those who say they doubt his citizenship are actually trying to disguise their racism.

    August 4, 2010 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  143. cf

    The title of this post should be "Quarter of Americans are complete imbeciles."
    Shame on the GOP leadership and the conservative media for stoking the flames of this idiotic conspiracy theory.

    August 4, 2010 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  144. Mary

    Governor Lingle is right. "The question has been asked and answered. . . We should all move on now."

    Yes, the "birthers" should accept this argument as a lost cause. If you want to hate Obama because he is trashing the Constitution, that's fine by me.

    The question I have to ask you birthers is where was your hate when his predecessors were trashing the Constitution? Or was that different because they were Republican?

    If you hate Democrats, but turn a blind eye to Republican abuses of power, you are a hypocrite, and not a patriot.

    August 4, 2010 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  145. masgap

    What can be said. The poll shows 16% are wrong and that's being nice God help this country.

    August 4, 2010 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  146. Rob

    Lots of Americans are idiots.
    Americans are uncivilized and dumb.

    August 4, 2010 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  147. ThinkAgain

    This poll only proves that 25% of Americans are morons and all too willing to believe any line of bull that the GOP throws at them.

    Wake up, folks, and accept that you're being used by Republicans, with their birther, pro-gun, anti-choice, anti-gay talk.

    Republicans are playing you for fools, stirring up your fears and hatred, so they can get you to the polls and vote for them – and then pick your pockets clean!

    August 4, 2010 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  148. BradKT

    This poll tells me that about 27% of those polled have a problem with President Obama's race.

    August 4, 2010 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  149. ART

    These are not just conspiracy theorist ,these are hard core racist who cannot stumach the fact that an African American is our president. Enough already get over it.

    August 4, 2010 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  150. Frank from Gilroy

    The REPUBLICAN Governor of Hawaii has stated a half a dozen times on record that the birth certificate is legit. If people weren't so filled with hate of this Presidents color than they could move on to something that is relevant to fixing all the sh*t that Bush broke.

    "It's tough to see when you are blind by hate"

    August 4, 2010 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  151. BD70

    Even though it was proven that he was born in the US they still continue to poke to find that "truth" that will possibly prove them right. Well...whatever. Keep digging if that is all you have to do with your time.

    August 4, 2010 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  152. Tanja Carroll

    This just goes to show that 11% of Americans are complete morons and that 16% of Americans are clueless fools.

    August 4, 2010 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  153. Tone Loc

    It's not that they believe he was not born here (rumor started by the Clinton campaign) but that his father was not a US Citizen nor when he move to indonesia his new parents gave up his citizenship... How did he get in Pakistan (Passport) in college? How did he get funding for college...did he file under non-citizen for grants?

    August 4, 2010 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  154. Diane

    I knew there were some stupid people in this country, but these "birthers" take the cake. How much more proof do they need? Perhaps they should be on medication for their paranoia. It's time for the folks to pack up and go away – far, far away.

    August 4, 2010 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  155. Dano

    I would bet money that of the 16% of Americans who doubt that President Obama was born in the USA, 99% of them are Republican and no amount of proof will change their minds. I'd also bet that of these same 16%, many or most of them think that the President is a Muslim, a member of al Qaida or Hamas, or that he's a space alien sent to take over Earth!

    August 4, 2010 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  156. n werle

    these MORONS arewa so PATHETIC

    they are the RACISTS!

    my sources in hawaii gov have seen the certificate

    the NEWSPAPER had the entry

    August 4, 2010 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  157. EWenis

    I'd have to be curious on a followup question – how many people believe Hawaii is a state?

    August 4, 2010 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  158. JohninTampa

    Just in: 27 percent of Americans cannot find their arse with both hands!

    August 4, 2010 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  159. Rob

    I didn't need a poll to know that a quarter of Americans are brainless.

    August 4, 2010 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  160. joel palmer

    This merely proves that a quarter of all GOP-ers should be euthanized; please convene a "death panel" to start the proceedings

    August 4, 2010 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  161. Gary

    That's about the same percent that there is Republicans, I mean Independent Tea Baggers.

    August 4, 2010 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  162. vic

    The ignorance in this country is a sad statement about the society that we have become. People believe what ultra right wing talk show hosts tell them no matter how much they lie. Limbaugh is not a real patriot he only cares about ratings and money. But then again there are those that still believe the world is flat.

    August 4, 2010 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  163. Gwen

    "Birthers" are just ignorant and hateful!!

    August 4, 2010 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  164. skynyrt

    Using the word "bent" in this article is poor journalism & shows that the leftwing rag that is CNN is "bent" over for this President. If CNN admits that 25% doubt the authenticity of the Presidents birth in Hawaii, then the actual percent is around 40. And lastly, although there has been a birth certificate produced, I do not recall ever seeing it myself. I think that some decent thinking people doubt the authenticity of same.

    August 4, 2010 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  165. Independant Thinker

    This is simply disgraceful. All of you "Birthers" read this please.

    Every time you make this claim that he wasn't born in this country and isn't a citizen you insult ALL of the people in the Secret Service, the FBI, the CIA, the Senate and the House. If there were any truth to your claims don't you think somewhere in this "Giant Government" that you also hate, someone would find undeniable evidence of your claims and come forward with it for the "protection of our Country?"

    Your ongoing display of ignorance and continued use of this claim
    to try and disprove his citizenship for political gain is insulting to all Americans and, in particular, those people in the previously mentioned Security Organizations that risk their lives on a daily basis for us all.

    As to Limbaugh....he's using this to increase his ratings by inciting fear and panic in an ignorant (or racisit....yes. I said it) segment of our population. He has no conscience beyond his bank account.

    "Birthers"..........you should be ashamed.

    August 4, 2010 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  166. David Johnston

    Now that you have shown it again, that 1/4 of people will be in the bathroom or out somewhere and say they never saw it.

    August 4, 2010 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  167. Ga Patriot

    Unbelievable!!!!!!! How could that be? How can anyone dispute the proven facts and how on earth could anyone explain why birth announcements would be published in newspapers just by CHANCE that Obama might run for President half a century later?!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 4, 2010 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  168. IKHAN

    Well folks, the truth of the matter is that some among us just cannot reconcile with the reality that a person of color is now in the White House.

    What should have been a matter of pride & symbol of freedom & democracy for this nation is being turned by the Far Right,Neo-Cons & the likes of Tea Partiers & such into a deplorable game of racism & hate.

    August 4, 2010 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  169. n werle

    Gov Lingle said, "...I had my health director, who is a physician by background, go personally view the birth certificate in the birth records of the Department of Health." Lingle added, " … The president was in fact born at Kapi'olani Hospital in Honolulu, Hawaii. And that's just a fact."

    August 4, 2010 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  170. R.E.B.

    What do you expect from a bunch of idiots that voted for Bush League Boy.

    August 4, 2010 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  171. ja

    the quarter is flat foot racist, they can't stand the fact that one other than a white man is president, and these same folk claim to be so godly, it is a sad day for mankind

    August 4, 2010 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  172. Pam

    "11 percent saying Obama was definitely not born in the United States and another 16 percent saying the president was probably not born in the country."
    All that tells us is the 27 percent (11 + 16) of those polled are stupid!!!

    August 4, 2010 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  173. Willy

    If there's credible evidence that our President was not born in the USA, where is it? Is there a wide spread media cover up? People can speculate all they want. I'm only interested in the truth.

    August 4, 2010 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  174. ssr047

    All this highlights is just how poorly educated and gullible half of the country happens to be. I'm sure I'll recall these numbers (as well as those on evolution) the next time I hear one of my fellow countrymen ranting & raving on how "backward" and "primitive" the people of other countries are.

    August 4, 2010 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  175. Take America Back

    Before you Left wing Liberal Nuts begin your attack on Americans consider this;
    It is not so much doubting Obambi's birth place, it is America's confidence (or really a lack of it) which is little to no confidence.

    August 4, 2010 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  176. Dixie

    The repubs will find something else to rave on about, but maybe Obama will have a rest from this subject - at least.

    I'm in Arizona. I just want to remind you that Jan Brewer's Gestapo is at work. Be sure to bring your birth certificate if you visit this state.

    August 4, 2010 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  177. Michael

    Ultimately, people will believe what they want, whether it's the truth or not. Many republicans believe that the national media is biased against them. By the same token those same people believe Fox News is unbiased. Go figure.

    August 4, 2010 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  178. Papasan in AZ

    Yes, and those are the same people that believe in UFO's too...

    August 4, 2010 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  179. John

    I'm sure I saw somewhere that he was born in Dubai.

    August 4, 2010 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  180. Dann

    What percentage of Tea Party members believe that he was not born in the U.S.?

    August 4, 2010 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  181. Dan

    What a bunch of loonies.

    August 4, 2010 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  182. Gloria

    Maybe if we would stop polling about this dead issue, it would die a natural death.

    But the media keeps asking the same stupid question. If people want to be stupid and continue to believe something that has been proven to be false, let them & MOVE ON!!!!

    August 4, 2010 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  183. lucyna

    Only republicans may say President is not born in US. They are mean people who wish him to fail. Sorry, that's not going to happen.

    August 4, 2010 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  184. KDC

    Of course, as usual, a denial of the facts does not change that they exist.

    No matter how many times the birthers say that those facts are untrue.

    Of course, Obama is just as much a citizen as McCain, who was born overseas.

    August 4, 2010 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  185. Anonymous

    I think it's safe to say that 1/4 of americans are sorely lacking critical thinking skills. It's been demonstrated many times. There are probably a good number that shouldn't be allowed out w/o a handler.

    August 4, 2010 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  186. JWN in SC

    Ya know, "STUPID" ought to hurt more!

    August 4, 2010 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  187. Rick

    I guess "proof" ain't enough for some folks. This country has hit a new low.

    August 4, 2010 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  188. Hip

    What is the big deal?
    If Obama was born in Kenya to an American woman/American citizen, wouldn't he still be an American anyway?

    August 4, 2010 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  189. CJMATL

    "Believing is Seeing" – that's the true definition of ignorance. Once you believe something in your ignorant mind, that's all you will ever see, no matter how much evidence to the contrary is presented before your eyes. "Birthers" are just plain IGNORANT and don't even care about the truth.

    August 4, 2010 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  190. Diane in Washington

    Maybe those 29 percent don't know that Hawaii is part of the United States.

    August 4, 2010 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  191. Robert Chatfield

    I would only ask those idiots who TRULY believe that our President was not a naturalized citizen to consider the fact that he went through the primaries for almost two years! If in fact he were not a citizen, do you really think that Hillary Clinton's people wouldn't have picked up on that!!!

    August 4, 2010 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  192. FoolKiller

    The question has been asked… and sidestepped on every occasion. This could all go away if they would just produce his birth certificate (NOT that laser printed "certification of live birth" that most people don’t know from a birth certificate). Balls in Obama's court... put up or don't expect anyone to shut up.

    August 4, 2010 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  193. RK

    These are the "hardworking average Americans" that the Tea Party speaks of. Their stupidity is anything but average and judging by their education, not even close to hardworking.

    August 4, 2010 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  194. Tim

    This just shows. 11% of Americans are complete morons. Congratulations America.

    August 4, 2010 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  195. TonyInNYC

    In a completely unrelated poll, researches found that 11% of Americans are idiots and 16% are probably idiots.

    August 4, 2010 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  196. Scott O' Canada

    Funny how the results of this poll correlate to the recent survey that found in a recent National IQ test...
    11% of the population were profoundly retarded
    16% were severely retarded
    29% were within the normal range
    42% were slightly above normal

    August 4, 2010 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  197. R. Gonzales

    No one really cares for these "Birthers" and their rhetoric and misgivings. They don't want to admit that an African American won the White House. They are the extreme of the extreme. Due to the continued spewing of their views and repeated pronouncements some people have come to believe their thoughts. People need to wake up and see that there is a black president in America. And his name is Barack Obama.

    August 4, 2010 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  198. Rick McDaniel

    While he may have been technically born in the US......it is highly probable he was not CONCEIVED in the US.

    Does that make a difference? No. Should it? Maybe.

    August 4, 2010 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  199. jayjay1

    To any "birthers" out there (and according to the poll apparently there are more than a few of you nutjobs... please READ the statements below from the article, and from the REPUBLICAN governor of Hawaii.

    The bottom line of the story is: 42% of Americans have brains that are fully functional.
    **********************
    Hawaii has released a copy of the president's birth certificate – officially called a "certificate of live birth." And in 1961 the hospital where the president was born placed announcements in two Hawaiian newspapers regarding Obama's birth. In a WABC interview before signing the legislation, Lingle said, "...I had my health director, who is a physician by background, go personally view the birth certificate in the birth records of the Department of Health." Lingle added, " … The president was in fact born at Kapi'olani Hospital in Honolulu, Hawaii. And that's just a fact. It's been established he was born here," the governor continued. "I can understand why people want to make certain that the constitutional requirement of being a, you know, natural born American citizen … but the question has been asked and answered. And I think just we should all move on now."
    *************************
    GET OVER IT ALREADY!!

    August 4, 2010 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  200. Geoz

    This information points to how idiotic my countrymen and women are; how little they understand sorting out facts from fiction, and how little our education system does.

    This is the information age. Glenn Beck can't disprove the sexual assault allegations anymore than the President can prove he was born in the US. Facts just don't matter if you don't like someone.

    Unbelievable. I think that 25% may have been born elsewhere and should be deported.

    August 4, 2010 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  201. shame on them

    The quarter of the people in this country that doubt the President was not born in this country just simply do not like having a black president. I think those people should for once get away and leave the president to do his work. Whether they like it or not he is there president. Stop playing the race and color card. Open your minds and eyes the country is trying to change. Join the group. God Bless our country and the once with open minds to accept things and not be there to start trouble and doubts among our citizens.

    August 4, 2010 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  202. Barnum

    We should prevent that 25% of our population from breeding, and spreading the stupid.

    August 4, 2010 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  203. Sam

    Shame on CNN for running this poll. This gives this idea credence!!!!!!

    August 4, 2010 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  204. t

    A Hawaiian certificate of live birth is not an actual birth certificate. It is a momento copy given. My son was born in Hawaii, and we have both of these documents.

    August 4, 2010 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  205. jrh

    The Birther movement – DUMB AND DUMBER – part 2...

    This poll is not really surprising – A poll out July 4th indicated almost 26% of the American public didn't know we fought for our independent from England...

    The birther movement are either "racist," or 'dumb working class' Americans who want to keep the "rich and powerful," in power – in other words, the Republican Party....

    You know – We don't have to worry about terrorist trying to destroy our country – The Birthers, The Republican party and Palin are doing a good job at it themselves....

    August 4, 2010 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  206. Nate

    There isn't any documentation that will satisfy the people who want to believe he wasn't born here. These people could have been sitting at his birth and would still deny it.

    August 4, 2010 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  207. Alex

    Just grow up and get over it. You man/woman lost and you got Obama for president. Next topic please.

    August 4, 2010 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  208. Marc

    This is pathetic. Anyone who actually believes this is ignorant, and their right to vote should be taken from them.

    August 4, 2010 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  209. Allen Hussein

    Just goes to show that there is an epidemic of stupidity in this country!

    August 4, 2010 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  210. Ed

    Does the 27% correleate to the same morons who cannot find Hawaii on a map?

    Don't like who won a fair democratic election –by a statistically significant margin? Well, then just claim he's illegitimate - not "your" president.

    "Birthers" need to get a real life.

    August 4, 2010 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  211. Jasonk

    His being born when or where is irrelevant if you donot have a job thanks to the drunken sailor policy of the Bush and the clinton administrations. If he was born outside America we would have hillary already sitting in the white house exporting the remnants of jobs that he BJ hubby failed to export

    August 4, 2010 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  212. John in Cal

    This goes to show you just how dumb Americans really are. Hawaii and the Presicent have posted his birth certificate, and yet they doubt. So post your and see how many doubt. I see the end in sight for this country when we show such a low intelligence level.

    August 4, 2010 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  213. AaronofMad

    Could some of the people in this country be any more stupid? Don't bother to answer that.

    August 4, 2010 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  214. SEL

    So basically, this is saying that only 42% of the people living in this country are intelligent. Great.

    August 4, 2010 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  215. Carol - Midwest Independent

    And another poll shows that all who don't believe he was born in the US are tea party/republicans.

    Surprise, surprise.

    Best part is, it wouldn't matter if he was or not. His mother is an American Citizen and he could have been born on the moon, he'd still be a citizen.

    Are any of those people intelligent enough to even realize that?

    August 4, 2010 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  216. jake1969

    This is downright embarassing. For this conspiracy to have worked, they would have had to of known back when he was born in 1961 to also run fake ads in Hawaiian newspapers...knowing 1 day he'd try to run for president.

    It's just absurd. Come on people, oppose him for his policies if you want, but when your hardcore political views blind you from reason, you've got problems!

    I can't believe only 42% say absolutely sure. This is the downside to the information age. While it's mostly positive, you have to KNOW YOUR SOURCE. So much ideological lies out there, on both sides, that a lot of people are still easily confused...

    August 4, 2010 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  217. Russ in Benton AR

    Who cares.

    August 4, 2010 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  218. jim

    I'm more interested in whether the person can pull our country out the economic mess we're in than if he's born in this countryThat was settled the day we elected this individual.And so far Obama has showed that he isn't up to the task that he was elected to do. He has showed no leadership skills and doesn't seem to do anything but whine about the mess he inherited from Bush.

    August 4, 2010 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  219. Ian

    Hard to imagine a quarter of the population is really that dumb.

    August 4, 2010 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  220. Ron Nospam

    Further proof of rampant ignorance on the right fed by the lies of the "Lim"-stream media.

    August 4, 2010 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  221. Yugo

    That's because 25% of the people polled are ignorant.

    August 4, 2010 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  222. Larry

    I know there is a growing disparity between the haves and the have-nots in this country, that much is well documented. But I am beginning to believe there is also a faster growing disparity between the intelligent and the dumbed-down. In other words, this poll is not only unbelievable, it is appalling. As a result, one can draw either/or of two very troublesome conclusions from the results of the poll:

    1. People are so blinded by their partisanship they no longer can make an objective observation, no matter how mundane, about a person of their opposition party. We'll call this irreversible polarization.

    2. People are so irretrievably lost in the black hole of intellectual void that it is impossible for them to function intelligently in a world which requires any semblance of abstract thought; in other words, just plain stupid, kinda like W.

    August 4, 2010 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  223. paylin

    This is what some Americans care about right now? Makes sense that these so-called birthers make up 11-27 percent. About the same amount of clinicaly diagnosed Idiots in this country.

    August 4, 2010 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  224. Chas

    It's finally time to challenge the citizenship of EVERY SINGLE Republican in the House and Senate as each and every one of them is ANTI-AMERICAN! Just look at their voting record individually and collectively if you doubt that assertation.

    August 4, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  225. Dave

    Interesting nugget:

    The main lawyer fighting to have Obama release his long form BC is a Hilary Clinton supporter, not a republican / conservative.

    Print that, CNN. Talk about that, Anderson.

    August 4, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  226. ac

    This doubts can be taken care of very easy-All Mr. Obama has to show is a completed birth certificate. It is as simple as that.
    However, he can not because he doesn't has it. He doesn't has it, because he was not born in the USA. It is as simple as that.

    August 4, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  227. Shucks

    A quarter of the public? I would say that would include all the looney right wingers, and many more republicans. The horse is dead folks. It is a fossil at this point. Move on and give something back to your country instead of trying to divide it. I know a black man as president really upsets alot of you, but the MAJORITY elected him. Deal with it like grown ups.

    August 4, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  228. Laurie in Spokane

    What in the world is wrong with those 27% of people who say they don't believe Obama was born in the US? Even after there's ample proff that he was. It's probably the same people who say Sarah Paline is viable as a presidential contender. ........probably the same people who believe in a flat earth......maybe the same people who believe in creatinism........the same people who think the National Enquirer actually tells the truth in its stories......the ones who think women belong barefoot and pregnant and in the home...........makes me sick.

    August 4, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  229. Daniel

    Probably the same 27 percent that thought W was doing a favorable job at the end of his presidency.

    August 4, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  230. fideauxdon

    .....Which only proves that one quarter of the public is terminally retarded, and would rather make accusations than check facts. As a blatant example, these slow thinkers are DEMANDING to see a Birth Certificate with an MD's signature. If they'd ask a few basic questions, they'd know that in many, if not all states, a Hospital Birth Certificate IS NOT regarded as proof of anything; ONLY a government with a proper seal is acceptable.

    August 4, 2010 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  231. Come Now

    There is nothing MYTHICAL about the FACT that Obama refuses to present his long-form birth certificate.

    And besides... He went and lived in Indonesia and went to school there, which required him to renounce his American citizenship. So he's still not allowed to be the President.

    And I'm not a right-winger, I'm a foreigner to your country, and truly the jokes on you, because overseas, everyone has looked into this and knows how you have all been played. It's only your propaganda that's so strong in your country that has made investigating this issue taboo.

    August 4, 2010 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  232. Silence DoGood

    On the extreme right we have nut cases that believe Obama is not born in the US.

    On the extreme left we have the same percent who believe he is super-human.

    He is a man, doing the best he can. Some successes, some failures, some truths, some lies.

    Sorry to burst your respective bubbles. Get over it.

    August 4, 2010 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  233. ME

    No matter how much concrete proof you show the doubters, it will never be enough. The BC isn't signed by the right person! Where's the long form? Hawaii wasn't a state! Our president has been travelling overseas, with a passport, since he was a small boy. There are more gov't documents stating his place of birth for him than for your average person, going back to his childhood days.

    August 4, 2010 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  234. kakaraka

    I don't understand your bogus polls. How can a few people think of something and you guys generalize it? Those interviewed do not represent the vast majarity of americans so how generalize this? Journalism is the most biased job I ever seen. Because Obama is black, you racist still think a black man cannot be president. He might not be born in the United States. How crazy is that? John McCain wasn't born on US soil but you never ask that question and do polls on him because he is white. Give me a break.

    August 4, 2010 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  235. bbrooker

    In another poll, 27% of Republican Americans believe the sun is square because Rush Limbaugh told them so.

    August 4, 2010 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  236. SueEllen

    There you have concrete proof of the President's birth in the U.S. Has anyone seen Sarah Palin's high school diploma?

    August 4, 2010 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  237. Tom

    Birthers = Wingnuts

    August 4, 2010 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  238. chris

    Not for trhe first time, the intelligence of this country's population is under serious question!!

    August 4, 2010 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  239. Joe

    The fact that anyone at this point thinks the president wasn't born in the USA is a good indication of how totally our educational system has failed us in recent years. We have long since ceased to teach critical thinking skills or provide children and thus adults with the ability to see through the barrage of BS they encounter everyday on TV and online. It's not only sad, it's frightening.

    August 4, 2010 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  240. Chris

    The best part about having a conspircay theory is that you will never be proven wrong. No matter what evidence is brought forward that debunks your theory, all you have to say is that the evidence is a lie or has been fabricated. At no point will the people who believe the theory that President Obama was not born in Hawaii accept that he is actually a natural born citizen. Not even if time travel were possible and you took them back to witness the birth would they accpet that they were really there or that it was really Hawaii. It is all a massive cover up going back to the day that he was born and the terrorists decided he would be the one to run for president some day and got the newspapers to run a false notification of birth and created the false birth certificate.
    If they woke up tomorrow and decided the sun rose in the west, there is no amount of proof you can provide to get them to change their minds. To their dying day they will talk of how all the rest of the country was wrong and they were right.
    I choose to belive the state of Hawaii, which has verified President Obama was born in Hawaii and is therefore a legal natural born citizen and therefore can be and is the President.
    One mroe thing. We are a Democracy. That means the person the majority of people want ot be President is. So he is the President of the United States, not the President of the People Who Voted for him. I didn't vote for him and don't like the job he is doing. But he is still the President.

    August 4, 2010 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  241. Glen71

    Headline should read 25% of Americans are racist and almost all Republicans are racist! That is what I get out of this poll.

    August 4, 2010 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  242. Tracey

    What this poll really tells us is that 25% of Americans are idiots.

    August 4, 2010 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  243. BERNARDO

    i really don't care where Obama was born as long as he tries(and he's really trying)to do a Presidential job
    the ones that I'm ashamed of and were born here are the Bushes,Cheneys,Palins,etcThey give USA a very bad name,those are the birth certificates that should be considered invalid

    August 4, 2010 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  244. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    It doesn't really matter if he was born in the US or not–he's just as much a disaster either way.

    August 4, 2010 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  245. Terry - Indiana

    All ilegal aliens from Mexico should move to Hawaii. There is free healthcare, free education, and a chance you could become POTUS, if you were born in Hawaii.

    August 4, 2010 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  246. Watching in NC

    All this proves is that 27% of Americans have nothing better to do than swallow the insane drivel spewed out by that idiot, Limbaugh. Sad ... truly sad.

    August 4, 2010 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  247. richard

    you people of this birther movement have alot of nerve . anything to distract and enflame the rightwing hate machine. and a note to the folks of the tea party who say you are'nt racist and that you want to fight the racism charge. i say poppy-cock . i was born in 1954 and i grew up w/ you bigots including your parents and your grandparents. and it goes on and on its in your genes it is inbedded in every cell in your racist body and iam talking a good majority of you people. from calif to the new york islands. don't insult my intelligence. it is what it is for the majority of you. you are in denial.

    August 4, 2010 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  248. RG

    Just more lies and distortions being spread by sore losers and haters. Politics gets more ugly every passing day.

    August 4, 2010 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  249. diridi

    that quarter is idiotic GOP and Tea Party Republican thugs, and goondas...ok...they need to find some work...and concentrate...than this silly stupidity...

    August 4, 2010 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  250. Deb

    I have no problem with the current president being born in the US–However, why will he not produce a birth certificate? Some of us have to produce one just to get a driver's license and have no problem with it. He should not either.

    August 4, 2010 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  251. ccm123

    29% say probably? 57% of republican'ts say he was? The quarter of the population thin he wasn't? Wake up folks!! He was born here in the US. If he were white, again we would not be having this discussion. The birthers are probably the stupidest out of the hate Obama crowd next to the tea tards, which nine times out of ten are one in the same.

    August 4, 2010 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  252. cjr

    just where do these people live? what is their educational level? what church do they attend? I bet they all belong to the republican tea party crowd

    August 4, 2010 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  253. Adonomo

    This was a waste of time and energy trying to conduct a poll about whether the Presdent was born in U.S. Was that done when Reagan was president? Was it done under Carter or Bill Clinton? It is now being done and even reported because a person of color is the President. Racism will never cease and this is coming from those who claim to be christian and hold the motral high ground.

    I am a christian but will not worship the God that they claim to worship because my God does not hate nor dicriminate.

    August 4, 2010 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  254. Elliott

    I would bet that most of these American's polled couldn't tell you the names of the first 5 American Presidents either without Googling it first.

    August 4, 2010 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  255. James

    I'm no fan of Obama, but this birther BS is a load of hogwash. How to people honestly believe these ridiculous conspiracy theories? Obama was born in the US, he's the President, get over it. Likewise Bush did not secretly organize 9/11, that theory is equally as ridiculous.

    August 4, 2010 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  256. Independent_me

    This doubt about the President's birth and nationality is fueled by the racist element that controls the Tea party. It is also encouraged by Republicans whose own secret bigotry and racial prejudices find comfort and expression through the Tea Party.

    The Tea Part allows the racists and the haters of America to freely express their hatred of this African American President (whom they hate primarily because he is Black, secondarily because he is a Democrat).

    But here is why their "birther" position is so ridiculous: one of our sons is an Officer in the military. When he went through the officer's training program he also had to get top secret clearance. This included a thorough check of his background and family, neighbors, acquaintances and birth records were investigated.

    Now, do we really think that the President of the United States would not have been subjected to such scrutiny???? REALLY????

    This fact alone should dispel any doubts about the authenticity of the President's birth – but even if there was a movie of the live birth with the Seal of the State of Hawaii in it, and the governor at that time making the delivery, these people would not believe it.

    You cannot reason with racists or fools...and they are both who are "birthers".

    CNN – why don't you do a report on the type of background checks military officers and the President must got through????

    August 4, 2010 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  257. Max Conrad

    About 12 years ago I wanted to to fly to Puerta Vallarta, Mexico for the first time. At that time you did not need a Passport to do so, just a Birth Certificate and ID. I got my birth certifiate from my files and went to the airport. I was told that the document I had was not a Birth Certificate, but a Certificate of Live Birth. The Airport Official said they were not the same thing and I was not allowed to fly to Mexico. I had to send to the State of Louisiana for a certified copy of my Birth Certificate and took the trip months later.

    Now read this carefully: A Certificate of Live Birth IS NOT A BIRTH CERTIFICATE! They are two COMPLETELY DIFFERENT DOCUMENTS! I guess CNN was too busy covering the Lindsay Lohan story to correctly research this FACT!

    A Birth Certificate is a legal document that lists ALL the particulars of a person's birth, like the delivering doctor, the exact date & time, the exact hospital BY NAME!

    Obama REFUSES to release this document. WHY?! What possible harm could it do to himself or the country to release this common document.

    I'll tell you, IT DOES NOT EXIST, at least not a valid one from this country. Until someone gives me a reason that makes sense, I will continue to think Obama IS LYING!

    August 4, 2010 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  258. Poser

    What this poll shows is people believe what they want to believe even when faced with facts. It's pretty sad that our education system has failed to teach even basic critical thinking skills.
    The evidence that President Obama was born in Hawaii is clearly there and yet people refuse to accept the facts. That whole 'judged by a jury of your peers' thing is pretty scary when you consider people won't accept facts.

    August 4, 2010 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  259. Sly

    Even with incontrovertible proof that Obama was born in Hawaii, the non-believers will still say he wasn't ... if he was white, no one would question it ...

    August 4, 2010 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  260. rick

    The same people that believe that President Obama was not born in the US are the ones who believe that Rush is a serious journalist and Fox News is "fair and balanced". As the conservative crowd believes, if you say anything long enough and loud enough, it has to be the truth. This stuff is easier to come up with than finding real solutions to complex problems.

    August 4, 2010 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  261. Jay

    I'd support Obama even if he was from Mars.

    Sad that these people spend more time trying to create controversy about where this man was born even though he has a valid birth certificate proving he was born in an US state.

    Why wasn't there a birther controversy for Bush? As if it needs to be said, because he was a white Republican. But a black President? Oh we have to find some way to illegitimize his validly won place as the President.

    If you birthers remember, Bush actually lost the popular vote and was placed as the President thanks to the Republican Supreme Court. Where were your questions then or after that imbecile drove this country into the ground?

    Shame on you, you stupid white trash.

    August 4, 2010 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  262. Chas in Iowa

    The birthers are just clinging to the hope that some detail will eliminate the threat of a black man taking hold of the presidency of the USA.

    Birthers, Tea Baggers, and most of the GOP are just racists hiding behind their agenda.

    August 4, 2010 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  263. CathyInAZ

    Just another reason why most rational people believe that the Birthers & Tea Partiers ARE NUT JOBS with this crap continually espoused by the likes of Limbaugh, Beck, etc.
    GIVE IT A REST!

    August 4, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  264. tnmom

    Moot point. #1: Appropriate people have seen his birth certificate. Every "American" doesn't need to personally hold it and check it over. #2: he could have been born on the peak of Mt Everest and it doesn't matter. His mother was an American citizen; therefore, by default, he is too. Drop it. Get over it and move on to something actually important!

    August 4, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  265. buddy

    Well I am glad they finally found it. Maybe now they can shut up and start looking for Bush's brain, I say we wasted 8 yrs trying to find something we will never find.....

    August 4, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  266. SFCMike

    Well, 27% isn't so bad, when you consider 50% of the population has a two-digit IQ by definition. Probably not far off the percentage of people who insist the moon landings were fake.

    The irony is it wouldn't make a difference. The wording in the Constutition is not "born within the United States" it is "natural born citizen" – i.e. a citizen of the United States by birthright, as opposed to naturalization. My son was born overseas, but under the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1954 (which is the controlling law for the President, as well), his United States citizenship is a matter of birth right. It can not be denied or revoked by any government official – unlike naturalized citizens, whose citizenship can be stripped by the government under certain circumstances.

    No court or statute has ever construed the wording in the Constitution to mean that "natural born citizen" means more than a citizen by right of birth.

    Regardless, these people need something to get worked up over.

    August 4, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  267. Ken Margo

    Bigots are not known for their brains. John McCain was born in Panama. Yet no one questioned him on his right to be President. Bigots are afraid that President Obama has opened the door for other non-whites to president. That's why you hear all kinds of crazy lies about the man.

    August 4, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  268. Tired of This

    It is clear President Obama was born in the United States. But, it appears Sarah Palin was hatched from an egg since she has a brain the size of a chicken's. Come on Birthers, the road runs both ways.

    August 4, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  269. An American grandmother

    Hate is a powerful force that even makes people ignore facts, i.e., Hawaii's official document of Pres. Obama's "live birth" there, right in front of their eyes. America is sick and becoming sicker with intolerance and bigotry. Shame on these people. Shame!

    August 4, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  270. Rick

    Well, the mother's name is different on the two, so I'm not sure these documents are very reliable.

    August 4, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  271. Malt

    Ironically, it was supporters of the Clintons that brought up the whole 'Obama birther' conspiracy (ie. Democrats).

    That said, it is a stupid argument. Children born to US citizens are also US citizens. Obama's mother is obviously a US citizen, as is my sister who was born in Italy and is a US citizen.

    Please stop this silly birth certificate debate.

    August 4, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  272. Gary

    Well, you know a lot of people think the moon landings were fake, that there is a mythical sky creature that controls all our lives, that WWE wrestling is real, that Elvis is alive, that the holocaust never happened and that politicians really care about them.

    So, whatever.

    August 4, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  273. Jeannettelj

    Isn't there any real news around? This is a non issue and these right wing nut jobs need to get on another band wagon. If one quarter of the population believe he is not a US citizen, that means that three quarters do believe that he is a US citizen. Don't these people have anything better to do?

    August 4, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  274. Stacey

    These idiot Birthers don't give up. McCain was born in Panama, now what? Obama's presidency has brought out all kinds of wackos!

    August 4, 2010 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  275. Midwestmatt

    His mother is American. At the very least, that makes him a citizen.

    All the birthers are complete loons and need to get a life.

    Just because you got spanked in the last election doesn't give you any right to make up conspiracy theories about a duly elected POTUS.

    At least Obama won the popular vote and by a good margin, too.

    August 4, 2010 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  276. Sam Ellison

    This is sad on so many levels. Tin foil hats for all!

    August 4, 2010 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  277. Tea Party Nut Job

    Kinda funny those are probably the same people that thought W was a great president.

    August 4, 2010 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  278. Keith

    There are people who don't believe we ever landed on the moon, too. People will believe what thay want to believe, that's why what we believe should never be seen as "the truth". It is a fundemental fault of the human mind, it can never see the difference between an opinion, a belief, and the truth. It thinks thay are the same thing. It is why religions keep such easy control over their sheep. Go sheep go!

    August 4, 2010 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  279. Laura

    Those that continue to believe the President was not born in the US are just racist.

    August 4, 2010 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  280. Breal123

    I love how our first black president gets treated this way. History will judge America on this and it will be our shame to bear.....Patriots my a++.

    August 4, 2010 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  281. eddale

    The fact that so many people doubt President Obama was born in this country says a lot about the stupidity of the American people. Just imagine what a really great country this could be if the American people had some brains.
    Ed

    August 4, 2010 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  282. mkemick

    amazing, there are a lot of silly people out there, stupidity is a pre-existing condition – at least they may now seek treatment for it thanks to the health care legislation ......so, no more excuses seek help!!

    August 4, 2010 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  283. nancy

    people, how much plainer can this be? our president was born on us soil, ie, hawaii. last time i checked, and i even checked with a co-worker who was born in hawaii, that is a part of the united states. it is our 50th state. it was made a state in 1959. so, please this is a waste of time. get over it. he is a united states citizen, who was born in this country.

    August 4, 2010 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  284. Karl in Charleston,SC

    By calling this a "Birther Myth" CNN makes clear it's opinion.

    August 4, 2010 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  285. BJs65

    Sigh. A quarter of those polled are imbecles who seriously need to get their heads examined. This is beating a dead horse after the bones have dried up and distinigrated!!! Enough already!!!

    August 4, 2010 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  286. opsyfm

    This is because he is BLACK.Simple!

    August 4, 2010 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  287. Bill W

    Why does the COLB (Not "birth certificate" – who is fact checking at CNN) presented say " Barack H. Obama II" instead of Junior?

    A direct line of decent would make him "junior" Named after a living person would make him "II"

    Was Barack H. Obama the father or is this president's entire back story bogus?

    August 4, 2010 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  288. ac

    I won't be surprise at all if it turns out that he wasn't born in America.
    After all, he behave that way anyway. I mean-anyone looks at the things he does, in order to protect America and you don't find any.
    He negotiates bad deals with the Russians about our protection.
    He doesn't deal with China at all, because China even let Gates go to talk to them.
    He turned his back on Israel, and betrayed our allies in Eastern Europe by not going ahead with the missile defense.
    He sued AZ, because their citizens want a secure border.
    He doesn't enforce the immigration laws already on the books.
    And on, and on, and on.
    He defenetely doesn't has America in his hart. It is something terribly wront with this President.
    No, I won't be surprise if an investigation turns out that he was not born here. I won't be sorprise at all.

    August 4, 2010 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  289. JACKSON

    I can't believe anyone is still doubting his birthplace. If Barack Obama was white or a republican nobody would be questioning it.

    August 4, 2010 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  290. Mike Mc

    Believing he wasn't born in the US is a lot easier than looking in the mirror and realizing you are a racist who's looking for anything to undermine and humiliate the president.

    August 4, 2010 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  291. Cosmo

    Presenting pollsof people's opinions on matters like this is just another way that CNN contributes to the absurd lack of serious discourse on issues. Whether the Presidient was born in the United States is a fact question, not an opinion quesion. Anyone can have an opinion, and it is easier to have an opinion when you are not concerned with facts. The answer you are getting is that peoplewho don't like the President or agree with his policies choose to listen to the babble of those who make millions pandering to people with those "opinions" , like Limbag, Palin and Beck and the rest of the Fox dumbdown brigade, who continue to spread misinformation.
    Take a chance CNN, and move away from the entertainment/ sensationalist approach to news coverage.

    August 4, 2010 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  292. wake up

    WHO CARES. I care about that Obama has no desire to follow the constitution. I have a problem that his polices have been proven wrong over 100 years, in many different countries. I have a problem that he's a fraud, a liar, and a race baiter.

    August 4, 2010 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  293. George B from Ohio

    It would be interesting to see what the percentages are relative to college educated individuals versus those who do not have a college degree. Not to be a snob, there are many intelligent, successful people who do not have a college degree, but in general lack of higher education and ignorance go hand-in-hand. Not surprised by this, when about half the country thinks the earth is 6000 years old, what do you expect?

    August 4, 2010 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  294. Jason

    In a WABC interview before signing the legislation, Lingle said, "...I had my health director, who is a physician by background, go personally view the birth certificate in the birth records of the Department of Health." Lingle added, " … The president was in fact born at Kapi'olani Hospital in Honolulu, Hawaii. And that's just a fact."
    ---–

    Then show it to US. Make it PUBLIC. It's that simple. This "Certification of Live Birth" is not the same thing as his original birth certificate...which nobody has seen except this Doctor. Again, why is Obama paying so much money in legal fees to keep anyone from seeing his original birth certificate??

    August 4, 2010 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  295. C Smith

    Therefore we should all seriously doubt the quarter's intelligence level. Perhaps they should get out of their mom's basement, get a job and contribute to society.

    August 4, 2010 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  296. Brandonious

    Wow, birthers are the stupidest people around. I thought that moon-landing deniers or Holocaust deniers were dumb, but these idiots take the cake. Keep the racist hate train rolling birthers!!

    August 4, 2010 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  297. Wake up people

    I would rather have the undocumented workers here then people who are that stupid that they refuse to believe what has been proven over and over again. They obviously can't find a real problem to complain about so they have to make one up.

    August 4, 2010 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  298. CTSadler

    And about a quarter are obese. Correlation?

    August 4, 2010 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  299. The Choobs

    The president ia a space alien who was born on Planet Zxnag. There, I said it, so it must be possible–and until it is unproven by Jesus himself, I expect CNN and all the other news organizations to cover this story with a sense of urgency.

    August 4, 2010 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  300. Leo

    Then why is everything sealed??

    August 4, 2010 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  301. andrea

    These are nothing but racist fools.

    August 4, 2010 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  302. DJ in TX

    Do people realize John McCain was also NOT born in the U.S? He was born in Panama. Does that not make him an American Citizen???

    There are thousands of people who were born outside the U.S., but are still U.S. Citizens. In fact, they have dual citizenships. Obama's mother was American, no matter where he was born, that makes him American.

    McCain's parents were American, no matter where he was born, he's still American's. Service members have children all over the world. Are we now claiming that those children are NOT American Citizens???

    People like the "birthers" including Limbaugh, make me wonder what kind of country I went to war for. This is absolutely ridiculous. There are other legitimate things we can debate or disagree on, but this one needs to just stop. Damn.

    August 4, 2010 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  303. Johnny

    Wow, the level of ignorance prevelant in this country is simply staggering.

    August 4, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  304. Roscoe

    Blind hate. That's the core support for Sarah Palin and Michele Bachman. Putting hate ahead of intellect. If you don't like the president's policies, present arguments against them.

    August 4, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  305. pat

    Nothing is ever going to convince the birthers. They hate this president so much, they will cling to anything to discredit him. They also say he is a Muslim whose goal is to "take over" the United States for Islam. Their paranoia is a mental illness.

    August 4, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  306. Dewey

    Dr. Goebbels, I presume.

    You've mischaracterized the issue. Obama's father was not a US citizen hence Obama is not a Natural Born citizen (perhaps he is a US citizen though) and is not qualified under the US Constitution.

    Hiding the information, ignoring requests for doucments and mischaracterizing the issue are simply treasonous actions.

    Obama is not qualified to be the US President.

    August 4, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  307. enlightened

    Just another example of the intelligence of the right wing, Beck believing, Limbaugh loving, NUT JOBS! it's getting really scary in this country right now, how can so many peole be that brainwashed by the right? What makes it more unbelievable is that the large majority of these folks don't even realize they're being used by the conservative extremist's! It's really a shame, but the right wing has figured out that if you yell and scream about Christianity, guns, gays, immigration and socialism, even if the information is flat out wrong, it will suck some folks into their corner! sickening!

    August 4, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  308. NKato

    They could've titled this poll, "Quarter of Americans Still Clueless, Rest of U.S. Moves On With Lives.'

    August 4, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  309. Mike

    same 25% that thought Saddam Hussein was behind 9-11

    August 4, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  310. alinka

    With this dramatic poll, will CNN finally join with the substantial block of Americans calling for the President to give Hawaii permission to release the original form birth certificate, rather than the computer-generated "certificate of live birth" which simply proclaims the original exists somewhere in their archives? Obama has never given such permission, in what is almost certainly a Saul Alinsky tactic to fan the fires of dissension and hatred between right and left in our society.

    Please, CNN, acknowledge that there is a document Obama claims exists, but that he won't give permission to release. He hasn't even done a "John F. Kerry" and permitted a handful of "legitimate" journalists to see the original birth certificate.

    August 4, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  311. Steve, New York City

    Incredible. Do these people also think that George Washington is buried in Grant's tomb?

    August 4, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  312. Jon

    Part of me is glad that Republicans are focused on such a ridiculous issue and leave the country's real problems to the grownups. But another part of me is very nervous that I live amongst so many disgruntled, misinformed and misguided GOPers.

    August 4, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  313. sheppard

    The fact of the matter is, these right/wrong wingers wouldn't acknowledge that the president was born in Hawaii if they had been standing in the room witnessing his birth. When you are as desperate and pathetic as the party of NO has become you begin to grasp at any straw, no matter how foolish you look – and they are looking pretty foolish at this point.

    August 4, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  314. john

    That's about in line with the percentage of racists in America. The racists will always contend that he is not qualified to be president becasue he is not a citizen. What a joke.

    August 4, 2010 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  315. Kevin

    100% of the 25% are stupid.

    August 4, 2010 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  316. Hal

    Hmmm, isn't the "Freedom of Information Act" a Federal law, yet Hawaii passed a state law negating that? How can that be? Where's the Attorney General's outrage and federal lawsuit against Hawaii?

    Just sayin'....

    August 4, 2010 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  317. Yossi Gestetner

    I am NOT taking a side in this debate, but just FYI:

    1) According to Hawaii law, “a person born in a foreign country who has been legally adopted in the State of Hawaii,” can apply and obtain a Birth Certificate. They only need a “certified copy of the adoption decree or the certificate of adoption, and payment of fees.” In other words, even if – let’s say – Barack Obama was born Kenya, he can still get a Birth paper from Hawaii, since he was adapted to his grandmother in… Hawaii.

    2) The words atop the Hawaii paper that Obama’s people posted online, read “Certification of Live Birth.” According to the Hawaiian Home Lands website, a Certificate of Live birth is an “original birth certificate,” which “generally has more information” than say… a Certification of Life Birth, the one Obama made public. However, both are valid as Birth Certificates in the State of Hawaii. But again, even if you are born in Kenya, you can get a Certification, as long you were adopted in the State.

    3) Regarding the Mazel Tove in the newspaper back then, get this: A) President Obama has eight half-siblings by four other marriages or relationships of his parents. So go figure on your own which son was in the papers. B) My Father-in-Law – who lives in South America, placed a Mazel Tove for my wife and me in a Argetina paper to the birth of my son that took place in NY, to us two American parants...

    August 4, 2010 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  318. Bob(Illinois)

    No matter what evidence is presented or who inspects it these "birther" nuts will not pay attention. They represent some of what is truly sick in these times. Ignorant, ignorant people!

    August 4, 2010 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  319. candida

    Does not look like mine......where are the signatures...the physician's name and signature....his mother's signature......the time of birth...etc....that typed "document" is not from 1961 and does not appear to be authentic......I don't care one way or the other.....I was for Hillary and voted for McCain.....look.....it is a computer generated form....1961 it was all still typewriters.....no computers.....bahahahaha

    August 4, 2010 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  320. chutchin

    Sigh...it sure is tiring to keep seeing this type of crap over and over. Only a moron would continue with this as fact instead of the lie it is.

    August 4, 2010 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  321. Justin

    Some poeple have way too much time on their hands,, this is a lost cause indicative of terrified Republicans who know they're going to be on the political sidelines for the next decade.

    August 4, 2010 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  322. DenInNooYawk

    It's probably the same percentage of morons who don't know Hawaii is part of the United States, or who think the Moon landings were fake, etc.

    August 4, 2010 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  323. JPX

    "a stubborn group of Americans" aka dumb people.

    August 4, 2010 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  324. Janet

    It's a sad statement about this country that this big a percentage of people are this stupid.

    So I guess the Muslim Kenyans (which in and of itself is an oxymoron) started planning before Obama was born that he would someday be President of the United States, so they planted a fake birth announcement in the Honolulu paper. Wow, they sure were smart!

    August 4, 2010 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |