36% of South Carolina Republicans believe Obama not born in U.S.

By Eric W. Dolan
Tuesday, September 20, 2011 17:49 EDT
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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.

On April 27, Obama released his long-form birth certificate, which confirmed that the president was born in Honolulu, Hawaii on August 4, 1961.

“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.

Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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