52% OF REPUBLICANS STILL SAY OBAMA BORN IN KENYA
Years ago, then-private citizen Donald Trump was very vocal about the idea that — maybe, just maybe — President Obama was born in Kenya. The “birther movement” agreed with Mr. Trump and asserted itself. Mr. Obama issued his long-form birth certificate, the Democratic Party made light of the phenomenon, the news media squawked, and Mr. Trump himself backed away from the theory in late September.
“President Barack Obama was born in the United States. Period,” he told a group of military veterans. “Hillary Clinton and her campaign of 2008 started the birther controversy. I finished it.” Well, maybe not.
The idea still percolates in certain sectors. A new Economist/ YouGov poll gauging the longevity and political nature of assorted conspiracy theories reveals that 36 percent of Americans still believe that Mr. Obama was born in Kenya; that number includes 20 percent of Democrats, 39 percent of independents and 52 percent of Republicans.
“Once a story is believed, it also seems to stay believed. Donald Trump may have proclaimed that President Obama was born in the United States (having doubted that for years), but half of his supporters still think that it is at least probably true that the President was born in Kenya,” writes YouGov analyst Kathy Frankovic. “And in the U.S. as a whole, a majority believes that in 2003, when the United States invaded Iraq, Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction that the U.S. never found.”
See more numbers in the Poll du Jour at column’s end. actually bring the exact opposite. It is a path to pain. This whole charade is putting Israel at a huge disadvantage in peace negotiations, and needlessly tests our nation’s relationship with a critical ally in a volatile part of the world,” says Sen. Tim Scott, South Carolina Republican.