Sunday, May 15, 2011
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Barack Obama’s release of his long-form birth certificate in late April appears to have removed some — but not all — doubt among Americans about where the president was born. More Americans now say he was definitely born in the United States (47%) than did so before its release (38%) and they are joined by 18% who say this is probably the case. Significantly fewer — but still 13% — say he was probably or definitely born in another country.
The most recent results are from a Gallup poll conducted May 5-8, while the prior results are from an April 20-23 Gallup poll. Obama released his long-form birth certificate on April 27.
The release came after years of skeptical chatter on the topic and vocal criticism of Obama from some Republicans, including Donald Trump, for withholding the document. While it may not yet be clear whether the most vocal so-called “birthers” were convinced by the certificate’s release, the Gallup surveys show that many Americans across the political spectrum were.
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