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As Many As 64 Percent Of Republicans Are Birthers, Poll Finds

As Many As 64 Percent Of Republicans Are Birthers, Poll Finds

Written by Adam Peck

For the last five years, a small pocket of professional conspiracy theorists have carved out a corner of the internet for the express purpose of advancing the theory that President Obama was not born in the United States, his birth certificate is a forgery, and that therefore he is not eligible to serve as president of the United States.

But a new study from Fairleigh Dickinson University suggests that so-called birthers are far more numerous than previously thought. Sixty four percent of Republicans polled by the university’s PublicMind project said that it was “probably true” that Obama is hiding details of his personal history, including possibly his birth place. Also polled were the conspiracy theories that the 9/11 attacks were an inside job (25 percent of all respondents said that was “probably true”), that President Bush stole the 2004 election (23 percent), and that Obama stole the 2012 election (20 percent).

The survey found that 75 percent of Republicans believe at least one of the conspiracy theories that were polled, compared to 56 percent of Democrats who believed at least one of the four. Interestingly, while the overall likelihood of a respondent believing at least one of the conspiracies was inversely proportional to that individual’s knowledge of current events, Republicans who were more informed were also more likely to believe in the conspiracies.

This post was originally published by ThinkProgress.

 

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4:48AM PST on Feb 2, 2013

This study was a waste of money. Who cares?

12:36PM PST on Jan 25, 2013

Don't you really mean that 64% of them are idiots ?

9:54AM PST on Jan 22, 2013

And I thank David F. for once again posting and thereby providing a potent EXAMPLE of precisely what I was talking about in my post of (1/21, 8:33am). The level of moral disorientation in his post is absolutely stunning.

9:19AM PST on Jan 22, 2013

The birther conspiracy is just another ploy, distraction through fear. Here is how the cycle of fear works. Fear causes torment, which leads to hate. A person is driven by fear and hate and begins to recognize the familiar communal voice of fear and hate around them. This voice redirects the fear and hate against whomever or whatever it chooses. Any inhibition is removed by destroying the morals and conscience through self-righteousness and self-justification. The voice, which is the actual source of the fear, then becomes the controlling influence. You may recognize this pattern with Fox News and most fundamentalist religions. They know most of their listeners or followers will not check facts but will believe anything they say almost unconditionally.

While people are wasting their time speculating on these issues, the substantial issues that would make our lives better are ignored. Using conspiracies and wedge issues to divide us the rich get richer and the working class attack each other, blaming each other and seeing each other as an enemy or at least obstructionists. If the people conferred with one another they would realize that most people just want love, security, freedom, and a healthy happy fear-free life for themselves and their loved ones.

If the people would demand unbiased investigations, accountability and regulations of those in power, including banks, corporations and the super rich, instead of speculating and attacking each other, we would force chang

4:26PM PST on Jan 21, 2013

Jennifer, Atheist have absolutely NO reason to do the right thing when no one is looking.

9:18AM PST on Jan 21, 2013

Oh well that confirms my theory that to belong to the GOP you have to live in
Cuckoo Land

8:33AM PST on Jan 21, 2013

Lyn B. asks "When in gods' name did the republican party become the party of the willfully ignorant???"

That ship has LONG sailed. And from the looks of things, there's no one left on board who can bring that wayward vessel back to dock. I myself abandoned that ship while the dock was still in sight.

The core issue is not that 64% of [R]s are birthers, it's that a huge percentage of [R]s believe ANYTHING that they are told by their media lords on FoxNews.

The good ship "Republican" is now full of dupes, shills and mindless parrots. The modern [R] party is one of the historically WORST in American history. And it has very LITTLE to do with being "conservative" these days -- the modern [R] party is a repugnant cesspool to real conservatives.

2:14AM PST on Jan 21, 2013

I love the picture at the top of the article. As if Kenya would have a special Arabic welcome sign when the country is overwhelmingly Christian!

1:39PM PST on Jan 20, 2013

Diana B just because someone is an Atheist doesn't mean they lack character or rationalism. In fact atheists tend to be more rational as they do not accept ideas that are not founded on evidence. This is why they don't tend to vote Republican. Atheist isn't an insult and Christian isn't necessarily a compliment.

10:32AM PST on Jan 20, 2013

Conspiracy theorists and believers in misinformation do seem to vote Republican. 85% of those voting for Bush in 2004 believed Saddam Hussein was deeply involved in 9/11. Bush never said this though Cheney sure implied it.

There is something bizarre in believing Obama has hidden substantive details of his early life. Has any previous president written such a detailed autobiography prior to an election? He even owned up to eating dog and smoking pot. He hasn't released his college or high school transcripts. What possible difference would those make either now or in 2008? Editor of the Harvard Law Review would kinda trump bad grades in math in 5th grade (or whatever). We had four years to see him as president prior to 2012.

Details of Bush's early life would have been interesting. He draw a heavy curtain over his days as an alcoholic and cocaine user.

Cyan D is a good example of Republican invented facts. Senator Obama by himself changed US law - the McCain birthpkace bit. "Bobby Kennedy was the brains behind the House UnAmerican Activities committee". McCarthy was in the Senate - not the House. Bobby did spend half a year on the staff of McCarthy's committee; he was hardly the brains of the operation. Joseph Kennedy was NOT a bootlegger. He was smart to see the approach of the end of prohibition and prepared ahead the event to be an importer and seller of liquor/wine. Her fanciful tale of uncertain Obama parentage shows she has talent as a fiction wr

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