Tue February 15, 2011
It's All Politics

Half Of GOP Primary Voters Wrongly Say Obama Non-U.S. Born: Poll

Fifty one percent of Republican primary voters believe President Obama wasn't born in the U.S., according to a new survey by Public Policy Polling.

That percentage is much higher than some of us might have expected to be true more than two years into Obama's presidency. There's always the possibility a small sample size (400 people) and other factors skewed the results.

Still, if even a quarter of Republican primary voters believe Obama isn't a natural born U.S. citizen, that would seem high, too.

A statement from the pollster:

"Any thought that the birther theory has been put to rest can be thrown out the window with this poll," said Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling. "That view is still widely held in Republican circles."

More from the poll. Looking ahead toward the 2012 primaries, Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor, led Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin, the former governors of Massachusetts and Alaska, respectively, in preference, with the three coming in at 20 percent, 17 percent and 15 percent.

Palin had a 41 percent approval rating with non-birthers but a whopping 83 percent approval with birthers.

Make of all or any of this what you will. Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.