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77 percent of Americans say Obama was born in US: Poll

May 6, 2011 - Washington

The percentage of Americans who believe that President Barack Obama was born in the United States has surged dramatically after he released his birth certificate, a new Washington Post poll has revealed.

The CBS News quoted the poll as saying that 77 percent of Americans now believe Obama was born in the US, up from 68 percent one year ago. Eighty-six percent say it is at least their best guess he was born in the United States. he percentage of those who say Obama was likely born abroad has fallen from 20 percent in a Post-ABC poll one year ago to 10 percent in the new poll, while only one percent of respondents say they have "solid evidence" to support that belief.

A CBS News/New York Times survey taken in mid-April, before the release of the long-form birth certificate, found that one in four Americans, including nearly half of Republicans, wrongly believed Obama was born outside the United States.


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