Elections

More Voters Favor Candidates Releasing Their Birth Certificate Than Tax Returns

Reuters

Alex Pfeiffer White House Correspondent

Three-quarters of voters believe presidential candidates should release their birth certificate, more than the 67 percent who think candidates should show their tax returns, according to a Morning Consult poll released Tuesday.

Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump has refused to release his tax returns, claiming he is under audit and thus can’t show them.

“So you’ve got to ask yourself, why doesn’t he want to release them?,” Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton said this month.

Releasing tax returns is a much more common practice than showing one’s birth certificate, but Trump campaigned in 2011 to force President Barack Obama to release his long-form birth certificate.

Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders said in January that no one has asked him to release his birth certificate.

“As I mentioned to you earlier, my father was born in Poland. Like Obama, I am the son of an immigrant father. Nobody has ever asked me for my birth certificate. Maybe it’s because of the color of my skin being different than Obama’s,” Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders said in January.

The Morning Consult poll found that regardless of race a majority of voters support candidates releasing their birth certificate. Seventy-nine percent of white voters and 53 percent of black voters are in favor of such standards.

The poll of 2,001 registered voters was conducted online from May 19 to May 23. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points.