Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Birthers in Virginia

Only 53% of Virginians planning to vote in this fall's election for Governor think that Barack Obama was born in the United States, while 24% think he was not, and 24% are unsure.

Among voters who disapprove of the job he is doing as President only 29% are willing to grant that he was born in the country while 41% think he was not, and 31% aren't sure. It takes political division to a whole new level when we're not willing to acknowledge that elected officials we don't like are still natural born US citizens.

Showing the extent to which misinformation about Obama's birth has spread, even among people who do think he's doing a good job 7% think he wasn't born in the country and 10% report being unsure.

Tying the numbers back to the race for Governor, 36% of Bob McDonnell's supporters think Obama was not born here while 33% think he was and 31% are not sure. Among folks planning to vote for Creigh Deeds 83% think Obama was born in the country, 10% are unsure, and 8% think he was not.

The 'birthers' appear to be pretty strong in Virginia- we'll have numbers on the phenomenon in North Carolina next week.

Full results here

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Good news.

The data suggests that what the birthers are doing is working.

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