Research 2000 conducted a poll where they asked the question, “Do you believe that Barack Obama was born in the United States of America or not?” It’s probably not too surprising that only four percent of Democrats and eight percent of independents thought so–there will always be fucking morons who walk among us.
But what shocked me is that 28 percent of Republicans thought Obama was not born in the U.S. Well, actually, it doesn’t shock me at all. It is depressing, however, to see a major political party headbutt the crazy train.
What’s even more bizarre is the regional distribution of this misperception:
Basically, outside of the South, this is a fringe, crank belief, whereas, in the South, it is an acceptable mainstream position. So why did the mainstream media and political press treat this region as the ‘real America’ and not an odd subculture for so long?