Monday, April 25, 2011

As campaign heats up, so does focus on 'birthers'

The renewed preoccupation with birtherism comes just as the 2012 presidential campaign becomes more engaged. Republican candidates are appealing to the party's more conservative activists, who naturally tend to have the harshest views of the Democratic president.

Surveys suggest that these voters are more likely to express doubts about the Obama's origins. A New York Times/CBS News survey shows that 57% of the registered voters contacted believed Obama was born in the United States. But among self-identified Republicans only a third believed that, while a plurality -- 45% -- believed he was born elsewhere.

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