WaPo Poll: The Birther Movement Collapses

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A new Washington Post poll shows, amazingly, that President Obama’s release of his “long form” birth certificate actually did have a big impact on the Birther delusion: Poll: Number of ‘birthers’ plummets.

In interviews following the public release the president’s “long-form” birth certificate last week, fully 70 percent of Americans say Obama was born in Hawaii, a big bump-up from the 48 percent who said so a year ago. Even more say he was U.S.-born, or call that their best guess, for a total of 86 percent.

Overall, 10 percent of Americans say Obama was likely born abroad, down from 20 percent in an April 2010 Post-ABC poll. Almost all those who now say Obama was born in a foreign country say that it’s only their “suspicion;” just 1 percent claim “solid evidence” that the president was born elsewhere (9 percent said so last year).

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51 comments

1 Fat Bastard Vegetarian  Thu, May 5, 2011 2:04:32pm

Thank God for small favors.

2 Slumbering Behemoth Stinks  Thu, May 5, 2011 2:05:02pm

Say, what happened to Orly Taitz?

3 Fat Bastard Vegetarian  Thu, May 5, 2011 2:05:19pm

re: #1 Fat Bastard Vegetarian

Thank God for small favors.

A shame God had to waste his time on this, though.

4 Targetpractice  Thu, May 5, 2011 2:05:30pm

Which is only going fuel the BS that "If he'd done this 2 years ago, the birthers would have gone away!" No, they'd have just done as they are now, migrating from one BS talking point to another, in this case the belief that OBL is either still alive or has been dead for awhile.

5 wrenchwench  Thu, May 5, 2011 2:06:34pm

Jan Brewer bailed on them just in time. Was she tipped off?

6 Romantic Heretic  Thu, May 5, 2011 2:06:43pm

Not to worry. They'll find another reason to hate their President.

7 Obdicut  Thu, May 5, 2011 2:07:26pm

re: #4 Targetpractice, Worst of Both Worlds

Yeah. He really chose the perfect, perfect moment to puncture this. The hardcore birthers don't care.

And The Donald attaching himself to it really did help.

8 Targetpractice  Thu, May 5, 2011 2:07:31pm

But considering that birtherism is collapsing, what does this mean for Trump?

9 albusteve  Thu, May 5, 2011 2:07:51pm

it's a good thing and I'm happy...thank god I pay little attention anymore to such negative vibes....cheer up kids

10 Kragar  Thu, May 5, 2011 2:08:48pm

Well, thank God we don't have to waste our time refuting ridiculous conspiracy theories now.

Napolitano, I'm talking to you, shitheel.

11 jaunte  Thu, May 5, 2011 2:08:51pm

Time for the crazy confederate uncles to climb back into the attic.

12 McSpiff  Thu, May 5, 2011 2:08:56pm

re: #9 albusteve

it's a good thing and I'm happy...thank god I pay little attention anymore to such negative vibes...cheer up kids

Steve... I'm not sure how to tell you this... but you've been coming across as downright perky lately. Everything alright?

13 SanFranciscoZionist  Thu, May 5, 2011 2:11:09pm

re: #2 Slumbering Behemoth

Say, what happened to Orly Taitz?

Still crazy, after all these years.

14 Obdicut  Thu, May 5, 2011 2:11:32pm

I swear, the one conspiracy I could believe in is that Donald Trump was paid off by the League of Sane People to romp around and show birtherism for the idiocy it is.

15 albusteve  Thu, May 5, 2011 2:11:52pm

re: #12 McSpiff

Steve... I'm not sure how to tell you this... but you've been coming across as downright perky lately. Everything alright?

I'm healthier than in the past 3 years...maybe that's it, or maybe you're wrong

16 Varek Raith  Thu, May 5, 2011 2:12:31pm

re: #15 albusteve

I'm healthier than in the past 3 years...maybe that's it, or maybe you're wrong

Government mind control rays.

17 Fat Bastard Vegetarian  Thu, May 5, 2011 2:13:07pm

re: #14 Obdicut

I like it. Might get some legs.

18 albusteve  Thu, May 5, 2011 2:13:15pm

re: #16 Varek Raith

Government mind control rays.

no more pain, no more addiction

19 Targetpractice  Thu, May 5, 2011 2:13:15pm

re: #16 Varek Raith

Government mind control rays.

*Applies his tin-foil beanie*

20 Killgore Trout  Thu, May 5, 2011 2:13:16pm

Instapundit and PJM are pushing back by trying to create the term "Racers" for people who accuse wingnuts of racism.
Good luck with that.

21 darthstar  Thu, May 5, 2011 2:13:58pm

Isn't there supposed to be a birther debate tonight? All the serious candidates are going...except Romney, Newt, Huck, Palin...etc.

22 Kragar  Thu, May 5, 2011 2:14:25pm

re: #20 Killgore Trout

Instapundit and PJM are pushing back by trying to create the term "Racers" for people who accuse wingnuts of racism.
Good luck with that.

Um...no. Next stupid idea?

23 engineer cat  Thu, May 5, 2011 2:14:48pm

on to bigger and better bullshit

24 Kragar  Thu, May 5, 2011 2:15:03pm

re: #21 darthstar

Isn't there supposed to be a birther debate tonight? All the serious candidates are going...except Romney, Newt, Huck, Palin...etc.

Yeah, and of course they're limiting media access "for fairness"

25 Targetpractice  Thu, May 5, 2011 2:15:13pm

re: #21 darthstar

Isn't there supposed to be a birther debate tonight? All the serious candidates are going...except Romney, Newt, Huck, Palin...etc.

Palin's skipping out? When it's hosted by Fox? Does not compute.

26 McSpiff  Thu, May 5, 2011 2:15:27pm

re: #15 albusteve

re: #18 albusteve

Glad to hear it, I know its been a rough go at times.

27 darthstar  Thu, May 5, 2011 2:15:35pm

re: #14 Obdicut

I swear, the one conspiracy I could believe in is that Donald Trump was paid off by the League of Sane People to romp around and show birtherism for the idiocy it is.

Now who would pay Donald Trump the three figure salary it would take to get him to parade around and act like an idiot? Yeah...I think he would do about anything for 100 bucks.

28 Killgore Trout  Thu, May 5, 2011 2:16:36pm

re: #22 Kragar (Proud to be Kafir)

Um...no. Next stupid idea?

Ok, since you asked for it......
[Link: lockerz.com...]

No, that's not irony or humor. That's a Ron Paul supporter waiting to see tonight's GOP debate.

29 albusteve  Thu, May 5, 2011 2:16:58pm

re: #26 McSpiff

re: #18 albusteve

Glad to hear it, I know its been a rough go at times.

it was, thanks
and I'm moving on as fast as I can....getting a new lower leg in a couple of weeks

30 darthstar  Thu, May 5, 2011 2:17:13pm

re: #24 Kragar (Proud to be Kafir)

Yeah, and of course they're limiting media access "for fairness"

Well, the media companies did say, "We'd rather air reruns of Alf." (by the way...I never realized he was that buff...)

31 eastsider  Thu, May 5, 2011 2:17:43pm

Just asking, has anyone asked the level of importance of this issue in polls?

As in, "do you believe the President was born in the US" and a follow up of "How important is it to you that Barack Obama prove he was born in the US" or "How important is it to you that Barack Obama be a natural born US citizen?"

I feel like these insights could be revealing.

32 Varek Raith  Thu, May 5, 2011 2:17:43pm

re: #18 albusteve

no more pain, no more addiction

Glad to see you feeling a bit better.
:)

33 McSpiff  Thu, May 5, 2011 2:18:14pm

re: #29 albusteve

Go go gadget steve.

35 HappyWarrior  Thu, May 5, 2011 2:19:15pm

Well I am glad that it's collapsed because it was stupid. I hope those who pandered to birtherism are embarrassed for themselves.

36 Kragar  Thu, May 5, 2011 2:19:45pm

War Dog


Dogs have been fighting alongside U.S. soldiers for more than 100 years, seeing combat in the Civil War and World War I. But their service was informal; only in 1942 were canines officially inducted into the U.S. Army. Today, they're a central part of U.S. efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan -- as of early 2010 the U.S. Army had 2,800 active-duty dogs deployed (the largest canine contingent in the world). And these numbers will continue to grow as these dogs become an ever-more-vital military asset.

So it should come as no surprise that among the 79 commandos involved in Operation Neptune Spear that resulted in Osama bin Laden's killing, there was one dog -- the elite of the four-legged variety. And though the dog in question remains an enigma -- another mysterious detail of the still-unfolding narrative of that historic mission -- there should be little reason to speculate about why there was a dog involved: Man's best friend is a pretty fearsome warrior

37 darthstar  Thu, May 5, 2011 2:21:03pm

re: #35 HappyWarrior

Well I am glad that it's collapsed because it was stupid. I hope those who pandered to birtherism are embarrassed for themselves.

It's not dead...it's just resting. Wait until the Osama bin Gotten high wears off and people start hoping for Republicans to take over the government and destroy America (in order to save it)...birtherism will be back...count on it.

38 Targetpractice  Thu, May 5, 2011 2:25:15pm

re: #37 darthstar

It's not dead...it's just resting. Wait until the Osama bin Gotten high wears off and people start hoping for Republicans to take over the government and destroy America (in order to save it)...birtherism will be back...count on it.

Or, as we're seeing with Trump, it'll mutate. They'll claim that the "long form" bit is over, but now demand other documents, such as his college records.

39 [deleted]  Thu, May 5, 2011 2:26:17pm
40 darthstar  Thu, May 5, 2011 2:26:50pm

re: #38 Targetpractice, Worst of Both Worlds

Or, as we're seeing with Trump, it'll mutate. They'll claim that the "long form" bit is over, but now demand other documents, such as his college records.

He should just hold up his copy of Kool & the Gang and say, "It's the last record I have left from college."

41 AntonSirius  Thu, May 5, 2011 2:28:55pm

re: #20 Killgore Trout

Instapundit and PJM are pushing back by trying to create the term "Racers" for people who accuse wingnuts of racism.
Good luck with that.

Go Speed Racer go!

42 Gus  Thu, May 5, 2011 3:04:49pm

re: #20 Killgore Trout

Instapundit and PJM are pushing back by trying to create the term "Racers" for people who accuse wingnuts of racism.
Good luck with that.

What a bunch of dorks.

43 shutdown  Thu, May 5, 2011 3:07:59pm

I now have a Thursday evening buzz on (Prosecco) and am ready to face whatever.

44 shutdown  Thu, May 5, 2011 3:09:42pm

re: #42 Gus 802

What a bunch of dorks.

Wingnuts are not racists. They are unfortunate, pitiable mentally ill folk whose treatment will not be covered by insurance, if they have their way. Ironic, non?

45 aagcobb  Thu, May 5, 2011 3:10:00pm

re: #2 Slumbering Behemoth

On Monday she was ranting in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals for oral argument. The court found her so worthless they didn't ask her a single question.

46 WINDUPBIRD DISEASE [S.K.U.M.M.]  Thu, May 5, 2011 3:26:22pm

WAHHH WAHHHHHHH

*sad Price is Right trumpet*

47 Robert O.  Thu, May 5, 2011 5:04:16pm

"Birthers" have simply jumped ship to become the "Deather" movement.

48 Amory Blaine  Thu, May 5, 2011 7:18:54pm

They are just too ashamed to admit it now. Like how nobody admits to voting for GW.

49 Pythagoras  Thu, May 5, 2011 7:22:39pm

The birther "movement" has passed.

50 samgak  Thu, May 5, 2011 7:24:39pm

Hopefully this means "peak crazy" has passed too.

51 Pythagoras  Thu, May 5, 2011 8:03:00pm

Well, I think Trump gave the birther nuttiness a bubble-like peak which ultimately helped bring it low. It's now way below critical mass and cannot sustain itself.

But the main point of my comment #49 was a pun.


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