Poll: Only 38% of Americans Say Obama “Definitely” Born in USA
A new poll shows American voters are seriously conflicted and divided on the issue of where President Barack Obama was born. Not everyone believes he was born in the United States.
Editor's note: It is important to keep in mind the semantic difference between the words "probably" and "definitely."
The USA TODAY/Gallup Poll indicates only about one in three Americans -- 38% -- say Obama definitely was born in the USA. 18 percent say he probably was born here. 15 percent say he probably was born in another country, and 9 percent say he definitely was born in another country.
There's no escaping the fact that the issue of Obama's birthplace is divided along partisan lines. 43 percent of people who identified themselves as Republicans say Obama was definitely or probably born abroad. 35 percent of Republicans say he was born in the states.
A huge majority of Democrats - about 80 percent - say Obama was definitely born in America.
The poll of 1,013 adults, taken Wednesday to Saturday, has a margin for error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.
With billionaire Donald Trump leading the pack of Republican Presidential hopefuls, it's worth reporting that the same USA Today/Gallup Poll also shows not everyone is convinced Trump was born in the USA either.
43 percent say he definitely was born here. 20 percent say he probably was, and just 7 percent say he definitely or probably was born in another country. 30 percent say they don't know enough about him to say one way or the other.
Trump has a hard row to hoe. 63 percent of Americans, including 46 percent of Republicans, say they definitely will not vote for Trump for president.