A new USA Today poll released today finds that Barack Obama may not be the only one with a birth certificate issue. When asked if Donald Trump was born in the United States, 7% believed that he wasn’t born in the United States and 30% didn’t know enough to say.
The USA Today poll found that 38% of Americans believe that Obama was born in the US. Another 19% think that Obama was probably born in the US. 15% believed that he was probably born in another country, and 9% said that he was definitely born elsewhere. Republicans believe that Obama was born elsewhere by a margin of 43%-35%.
Things got interesting when the same question was asked about Donald Trump. 43% of Americans believe that Trump was definitely born in the United States. 20% say that he probably was. 7% of Americans definitely or probably believe that Trump was born elsewhere, and 30% don’t know enough to say where Trump was born.
The number of Americans who know that Trump was born in the United States is only 5% higher than those who know that Obama was born in the United States. Only 8% more Americans believe that Obama wasn’t born in the US than believe that Trump wasn’t born in the US, (15%-8%).
It was about a month ago when Donald Trump released what he claimed was his birth certificate, only it wasn’t. Donald Trump actually released a certificate of birth. As Politico’s Ben Smith reported, “It appears instead to be a hospital “certificate of birth,” meaning the piece of paper the hospital gave to his family saying he was born. Such a document typically has the signature of the hospital administrator and the attending physician.”
In an ironic twist, Donald Trump’s embracing of the birther conspiracy theory has caused Americans to question, Trump’s own citizenship. Beyond the fact that almost a third of America is not sure if Trump was born in the US, The Donald has other problems. 50% of Americans and 31% of Republicans polled stated that they thought that Trump would be a terrible or poor president. 64% of Americans stated that they definitely would not vote for him.
The problem for the Republican Party remains those 43% of people in the GOP who believe that Obama was not born in the United States. If Trump would run, and stick with his birther platform, he would be a serious contender for their 2012 nomination. Even though 64% Americans have declared that they would not vote for him, Donald Trump could be the Republican nominee.
However before Mr. Trump can dream of entertaining those notions, he first my produce his long form birth certificate and answer questions about his citizenship. 30% of Americans have legitimate concerns, and since Trump already tried to pass off a document that was not his birth certificate as the real deal, the American people have only grown more skeptical.
Why won’t Donald Trump release his long form birth certificate?