Yesterday I wrote, like so many others, about Donald Trump's birthing exercise. You know the one, whether Barack Obama was born in the U.S. (yes, he was, if you consider Hawaii in the U.S.). You can go to the previous post for details. But I noticed today a new poll is out on the issue, the one finding a higher percentage of those who doubt Obama's U.S. citizenship. First, a caveat -- it's a Fox News poll -- but let's assume the best. According to the poll, 24 percent of Americans say Obama was not born in the U.S.
It goes without saying, though I'll say it, that Republicans are significantly more likely than Democrats or Independents to believe Obama was born elsewhere (37 percent). They're also a lot more likely to be unsure (16 percent). In other words, if you add the "elsewhere" and "unsure" groups together, you get well over half of Republicans (53 percent) doubting Obama was born in the U.S. That qualifies as a wow as we gear up for the 2012 election cycle.
So often, instead of what people know, we should ask: what people prefer to know.