report has stirred the GOP primary race in Iowa, showing Newt Gingrich's support imploding and Ron Paul in the lead.
But buried in the survey of likely Iowa Republican voters is the stunning conclusion that more than half either don't believe Barack Obama or aren't sure he's telling the truth about his eligibility to be president.
indicated that 31 percent do not believe Obama was born in the United States – an indication of their disbelief about his eligibility to be president.
Another 21 percent were not sure. Some 47 percent said they believe he was born in the United States. Some, however, argue that even that is not sufficient to establish that Obama is a "natural born citizen," as the Constitution requires for presidents. The poll comes eight months after the White House released his "Certificate of Live Birth" as "proof positive" of his birth in Hawaii and, therefore, his eligibility.The Atlantic Wire, reporting on the poll, which was conducted by telephone over the weekend, noted the "tidbit" that "52 percent either said he was not or they're not sure" without referencing the significance of such a finding.
It would mean that besides the obvious doubt about Obama's statements, affirmations and documentation that he was born in the U.S., the subject would be wide open for GOP candidates to use to build support for their candidacies.
Raising the issue and talking about it could attract the attention of huge numbers of Republican voters, the poll suggests.
WND reported that another poll earlier this year
showed half of Americans would like to see Congress investigate Obama's eligibility. It also showed nearly that many believe the definition of the constitutional term "natural born citizen" means both parents must be U.S. citizens. Obama's father, as shown on his released "Certificate of Live Birth," was not a U.S. citizen.
"There's no marginalizing those who want this matter investigated by Congress," said Fritz Wenzel of Wenzel Strategies
after conducting the WND/Wenzel Poll telephone survey during the summer.
"Even among Democrats, more than one in four – 28 percent – said they now want an inquiry, as do 43 percent of independents and 77 percent of Republicans. Interestingly, men are much more skeptical than are women about the question of eligibility – only 42 percent of men said they think Obama proved his eligibility by releasing the electronic birth certificate, compared to 59 percent of women."
The poll at that time indicated 43.5 percent of Americans believe that a Hawaii birth would make no difference in Obama's eligibility, as the Constitution requires both parents of a U.S. president to have been U.S. citizens – and Obama's father was not a citizen.
The figure included 56.9 percent of Republicans, 40.2 percent of independents and 32.9 percent of Democrats.
The eligibility saga, as Wenzel noted, has taken on a life of its own. It began with questions about Obama's birth place and parentage before his election. At that time, he released a computer image of a short-form "Certification of Live Birth" from Hawaii and insisted it was original and the only document available.
Dozens of lawsuits followed, and hundreds of questions remained unanswered. Documents that typically would be available from a president's history for Obama remain concealed, including passport records, kindergarten records, Punahou school records, Occidental College records, Columbia University records, Columbia thesis, Harvard Law School records, Harvard Law Review articles, University of Chicago articles, Illinois State Bar Association records, Illinois State Senate records and schedules, medical records, Obama/Dunham marriage license, Obama/Dunham divorce documents, Soetoro/Dunham marriage license and adoption records.
He instructed his White House counsel, Robert Bauer, to have a private attorney, Judy Corley of Perkins Coie, contact the Hawaii Department of Health to obtain a copy of his "Certificate of Live Birth" purportedly on file with the state.
The White House subsequently released copies of a copy of the document, as well as an online image, calling it "proof positive" of a Hawaii birth. Since then, however, dozens of experts, including several ex-CIA members, have asserted that the document is fraudulent.
At its release, WND contacted the Hawaii Health Department and the office of Gov. Neil Abercrombie, an ardent Obama supporter, to request confirmation that the image released was an accurate representation of the state's file information. Officials declined to respond.
A constitutional expert recently weighed in on the the issue
and concluded that the obvious meaning of the term "natural born citizen," which is not defined in the Constitution, is someone who obtains citizenship naturally, from citizen parents, and not from any act of Congress or other affirmative action.
"Obama came into office with such fanfare and made such sweeping claims that his administration would repair holes in our social fabric and fix our economy, but America has seen none of that. Disappointment has given way to disillusionment and anger, and this survey reveals that even on a simple, basic question of his qualification to hold the office of president, many are skeptical that what the White House has delivered is not at all what was advertised," Wenzel said.
"There are many reasons this eligibility question has taken on a life of its own, but that only half the country [in the Wenzel poll] believes that the president has proven he deserves to hold the office reveals a deeply held belief that he is somehow trying to trick the country. This sense of distrust underlies public perception of everything Obama does and says, which means that, as he begins to build a re-election campaign, it is going to be increasingly difficult for him to make a case on any issue as long as this question about the authenticity of his birth certificate remains unanswered. In fact, releasing the birth certificate that Obama released may have made worse his standing with the American people, and that will certainly be the case if a congressional inquiry discovers it has been tampered with or forged," Wenzel warned.
Obama released the image saying he had no time for such silliness as questions about his birth, then departed for an appearance on Oprah's television show.
At that point, 58.2 percent of Republicans said they were aware of the controversy.
Polls later revealed Americans to be increasingly skeptical of Obama's official narrative:
- A survey by Angus Reid Global Monitor, a division of Vision Critical Group, in October 2009 found three in 10 people in the U.S. believed Obama to be a foreigner.
"While only 13 percent of Democratic Party supporters believe Obama was not born in the U.S., the proportion rises to 25 percent among independents and 51 percent among Republican Party backers," the report said.
- Then in January 2010, another WND/Wenzel Poll showed on the one-year anniversary of Obama's tenure in office that fully one-third of Americans refused to believe Obama was a "legitimate president," with another 15.8 percent saying they were not sure.
Barely half the voters, 51.5 percent, said they believed the president legitimate even though he had not produced documentation proving his constitutional eligibility. Even 14.6 percent of the Democrats said they did not consider him legitimate.
- In May 2010, a WND/Wenzel Poll showed that 55 percent of Americans wanted Obama to release all records relating to his childhood and his education, including "college records, Harvard Law School papers, passport records, travel records, and other similar documentation."
"Asked what should be done should it be found that Obama does not meet the qualifications to be president, 59 percent said he should be removed from office, and 35 percent said all bills signed into law by Obama should be repealed," the poll's analysis revealed.
- By June 2010, other media were beginning to put their toes in the waters of the controversy. A 60 Minutes-Vanity Fair poll showed only 39 percent of respondents believed Obama was born in Hawaii as he claimed in his book.
"A shocking 63 percent – very nearly two-thirds of us – went out on a limb and stated for the record that we believe in the United States. It's enough to make you proud to be an American – or 63 percent proud, at any rate."
But that figure included those who said they believe he was born in Kansas or some other unknown state, which still would conflict with Obama's story.
- In later 2010, a poll by CNN said 6 of 10 people were uncertain Obama was born in the U.S. The poll said only 42 percent believe Obama "definitely" was born in the U.S.
The CNN report said, "Hawaii has released a copy of the president's birth certificate – officially called a 'certificate of live birth.' And in 1961 the hospital where the president was born placed announcements in two Hawaiian newspapers regarding Obama's birth."
He didn't mention that the roof typically is open during the pregame time period when the banner flew, and even as it closed, fans presumably were walking from the parking to the stadium before the game when the banner was flying.