Why Obama Birth Controversy Matters

Does the birth place controversy over President Obama matter? It does in pure poitical terms, with about 28% of the country (according to the most recent CNN poll) figuring that the president is not legally qualified for the office.

“A bare majority of Republicans, 52 percent, believe that President Obama was born in the U.S., with 43 percent saying that he was born elsewhere,” says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. “By contrast, 11 percent of Democrats and 23 percent of independents say Obama was not born in the U.S.”

Wow - Even 11% of Democrats question the president's birthplace. In national elections, generally decided by a few points, these doubters represent a block of voters who could be the deciders. In the video below, a youtuber posts his own clarifications of the points made by John King.

Definitely born in U.S. 46%
Probably born in the U.S. 26%
Probably born in another country 15%
Definitely born in another country 10%
No opinion 3%

Trump, meanwhile, has ridden his celebrity and the birth certificate issue to the top of the presidential polls - proving how silly early polling is, or just how silly presidential elections are.

According to the PPP survey: Trump leads with 26 percent. Mike Donald Trump, Poll, 2012 Presidential ElectionHuckabee is second at17 percent, followed by Mitt Romney (15 percent), Newt Gingrich (11 percent), Sarah Palin (8 percent(, Ron Paul (5 percent) and Tim Pawlenty and Michele Bachmann (4 percent each).

The PPP poll comes on the heels of an ongoing Newsmax poll that says when Trump faces off against the best and the brightest GOP contenders for 2012, he takes 57 percent of the vote.