Republicans who are birthers?: most of them.Seventy-two percent of registered Republican voters still doubt President Obama's citizenship, according to a recent NBC News|SurveyMonkey poll conducted in late June and early July [of 2016(!)] of more than 1,700 registered voters. And this skepticism even exists among Republicans high in political knowledge.
While more than eight in 10 Democrats agreed with the claim [that Obama was born in the United States], far more Republicans disagreed with the statement (41 percent) than agreed with it (27 percent). An additional 31 percent of Republicans expressed some doubts about whether Obama is a native U.S. citizen (i.e. indicating that they neither agreed nor disagreed with the statement). Only slightly more than one in four Republican voters agreed that the president was born in the United States.
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To probe this possibility, we asked respondents three factual questions about politics and we compared the beliefs of those correctly answering at least two of the three questions to those who did not. The chart [not] below shows that there are virtually no differences between low-knowledge and high-knowledge Republicans when it comes to their beliefs about Obama's citizenship.
In fact, the distributions are statistically indistinguishable: 40 percent of knowledgeable Republicans disagree that Obama was born in the U.S. compared to 42 percent of lower knowledge Republicans. A greater factual understanding of the political system does not diminish Republicans' doubts about Obama's birthplace.
The fact that more Republicans currently think that the president was not born in the U.S. and that this belief does not depend on how knowledgeable they are about politics is surprising. The country may be divided about both facts and opinions. Moreover, given the persistence of these beliefs in the face of evidence to the contrary, not only are we likely to see more rumors emerge, but their effects may be long-lasting. The fact that so many Republicans believe that the president was not born in the United States despite evidence to the contrary suggests that in the partisan-charged environment, it may be very difficult to dispel rumors and outlandish claims regardless of wins on Election Day.
NBC: Poll: Persistent Partisan Divide Over 'Birther' Question:
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I suspect most Republicans know the President is a natural born citizen and they are just answering as they are to give the President their disrespect. Because that's who they are.