ABC News and The Washington Post conducted a new poll on birthers (with everything going on in the country right now, this is what ABC and WaPo are looking into?) and surprisingly find that almost a third of birthers support Obama!
[…] Fourteen percent of Americans say without prompting that they think Barack Obama was born in another country, rising to one in five when those with no opinion are offered that as a possibility. But for many it's not a firm belief – and some appear not to hold it against him.
Among those inclined to think Obama was born abroad, half also say that's their suspicion only, not a judgment based on solid evidence, the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll finds. And perhaps surprisingly, about a third of so-called "birthers" nonetheless approve of Obama's work in office and express a favorable opinion of him personally.[…]
Why does the birther question persist? Robert Gibbs was asked that question recently.
I think the main reason why birthers, 9/11 truthers and all the other conspiracy theories exist has a lot to do with the media’s lack of credibility. Too many people have caught the media out there being biased. This isn’t something that only the right notices either. When the media speaks on issues like Obama’s place of birth or if 9/11 was an inside job, some people remain highly skeptical because they think the media is again choosing sides.
So if mainstream media reporters want to know why the birthers won’t go away, they need only look in the mirror.
Via: ABC News