Despite the release of his long-form birth certificate, 36 percent of Republicans in South Carolina believe President Barack Obama “probably” or “definitely” was born in another country, according to the latest Winthrop Poll. That number is down 5.2 percent since April.
Many so-called “birthers” believe there is persuasive evidence that Obama was born in Kenya in 1961 and that his birth certificate was faked in order to make him eligible to be president. The conspiracy was first conceived during the 2008 campaign.
“I know that there’s going to be a segment of people for which, no matter what we put out, this issue will not be put to rest,” Obama said at the time.
Approximately 30 percent of South Carolina Republicans also think the president is a Muslim, and about 75 percent think the word “socialist” describes the president “very well” or “well.”
Only about 23 percent think the word “honest” describes Obama “very well” or “well,” but 78 percent of Republicans think the word “intelligent” does.
The Winthrop Poll was taken between September 11-18 and interviewed 1552 registered voters from South Carolina.
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