Public Policy Polling of North Carolina has taken a deeper look at the “birther” movement with a nationwide poll just out this afternoon.
According to PPP, 62 percent of Americans think President Barack Obama was born here, 24 percent say he wasn’t, and 14 percent aren’t sure.
Among the doubters: 6 percent who are willing to concede that Obama was born in Hawaii, but don’t think Hawaii is part of the United States. Another 4 percent are unsure of Hawaii’s status in the Union.
In other words, one-fourth of those who have questions about Obama’s origins aren’t sure why we have a 50th star on the American flag.
Up until the 1980s or so, the average American family had a set of encyclopedias in the house, to give school children something from which to plagiarize, and to settle bar bets.
It was always assumed that most families also bought the annual updates that chronicled events that occurred after the Truman Administration. Now we know how many didn’t.
— 62% are Republicans, 20% are Democrats, and 18% are independents;
— 57% are conservatives, 33% are moderates, and 9% are liberals;
— 56% are men, 44% are women;
— 86% are white, 7% are Hispanic, 4% are black, and 3% are other races.
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