Poll: Birth certificate release placated most birthers

Alexis Levinson Political Reporter
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President Obama’s decision to release his long form birth certificate has succeeded in taking the wind out of the sails of the birther movement, according to a new Washington Post poll.

According to the poll, conducted in the days following the release of the birth certificate, just three percent of Americans believe that Obama was born in another country, compared to 14 percent in a poll released April 25 of last year. 77 percent now say that he was born in the United States, up from 68 percent last year.

Moreover, the number of people who believe that there is solid evidence that Obama does not meet the requirement to be president has dropped precipitously in a year – from nine percent to a mere one percent. Of the 10 percent who continue to say he was not born in the US, 8 percent admit that this is ‘suspicion only.’

The poll surveyed 1,006 adults by phone, on both landlines and cell phones, and has a sampling error of 3.5 percentage points.