36% of South Carolina Republicans: Obama Not Born in U.S.

| by Michael Allen

According to the latest Winthrop Poll (taken between September 11-18), 36 percent of Republicans in South Carolina still believe that President Barack Obama was “probably” or “definitely” was born in another country.

The "birthers" believe there is 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 wild conspiracy was hatched during the 2008 campaign and often appeared on the right wing web site WND.com.

On April 27, 2011, Obama released his long-form birth certificate, which confirmed that the president was born in Honolulu, Hawaii on August 4, 1961.

Obama expressed skepticism that everyone would believe the evidence: "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."

Approximately 30 percent of South Carolina Republicans also think the president is a Muslim, even though Obama has gone to a Christian church all of his life. About 75 percent think the word "socialist" describes the president “very well” or “well,” even though Obama has made no government takeover of privately run companies.

Only about 23 percent think the word "honest" describes Obama “very well” or “well,” but 78 percent of Republicans think the word "intelligent" does.