Poll shows birther beliefs in decline following long-form releaseBy Rachel Rose Hartman The president's long-form birth certificate appears to have been enough proof to convince many "birthers" that Obama was in fact born in the United States, according to a Washington Post poll released Thursday.
In interviews following the release of the president's long-form certificate on April 27, 70 percent of Americans indicated that they believe the president was born in Hawaii, up from 48 percent in a Post-ABC poll taken one year prior. Now, a net 10 percent of Americans surveyed incorrectly believe Obama was born abroad, down from 20 percent in 2010.
The Post's Jon Cohen writes that nearly all of those who now say Obama was born in a foreign country indicate "that it's only their 'suspicion'" and "just 1 percent claim 'solid evidence' that the president was born elsewhere (9 percent said so last year)."
As expected, the decrease in birthers is most significant among Republicans, Cohen reports, and specifically conservatives. Thirty-one percent of Republicans surveyed one year ago said Obama was born outside the United States. That number dropped 17 points to 14 percent in this year's survey. Among conservatives, the number dropped 19 points, from 35 to 16 percent.
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