Asked an open-ended question about where President Barack Obama was born, 14 percent of Americans say he was born abroad – giving an incorrect answer that shows how widespread the misunderstanding of his birthplace is nearly a year and a half into his presidency.
Fully 68 percent of those surveyed in a new Washington Post-ABC News poll say, unprompted, that he was born in the United States, including 48 percent who accurately cite Hawaii. Another 9 percent say it’s their “best guess” that he was born in this country, bringing the total saying he is U.S.-born to 77 percent.
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Obama made light of the fuss over his nativity last week at the White House Correspondents Dinner.
Broad majorities across party lines volunteer that Obama was born in the U.S., although substantial numbers in some groups say he wasn’t. In addition to the 14 percent who volunteer that he was born in another country, another 6 percent say that’s their best guess. Overall, about a third of Republicans and conservatives say Obama was born in another country, or call it their best guess. Asked how firmly they hold this belief, most say they see his being born outside the country as their “suspicion only.”