[A] new study from Fairleigh Dickinson University suggests that so-called birthers are far more numerous than previously thought. Sixty four percent of Republicans polled by the university’s PublicMind project said that it was “probably true” that Obama is hiding details of his personal history, including possibly his birth place. Also polled were the conspiracy theories that the 9/11 attacks were an inside job (25 percent of all respondents said that was “probably true”), that President Bush stole the 2004 election (23 percent), and that Obama stole the 2012 election (20 percent).
This inauguration is a mistake and those who permit it to happen will have to live with their own consciences.” He added: “Whether I watch depends on who’s being inaugurated. If it’s this guy, probably not, because I don’t pay much attention to illegitimate things.” - Eldon Bell, a retired Air Force officer
For President Obama not to accept $5 million (or much more) for his favorite charity can only mean one thing — the records are very bad. … Obviously he wasn’t born in this country.
How did [birtherism] grow to the point where half of Republican primary voters believed it? It wasn’t just the silence of Republican leaders, it was the failure of people like Tom Brokaw to just dismiss it as racism from the beginning,” Maher wrote.
"People like him are always championing ‘balance’ over objectivity," he continued. "They have to bring everything back to a discussion about how ‘both sides’ are guilty, instead of doing his job as a referee. If every single journalist just simply labeled birtherism what it obviously is — racism — the cancer wouldn’t have infected half the party. Maybe 25% or so, but most would be like, ‘Okay, this isn’t socially respectable.’"
"Every journalist knows [birtherism] comes from a racist place, so why can’t they all be as no-bullshit about it as Chris Matthews?" Maher wrote.
Somebody said, ‘Oh, because I brought up the birth certificate, I’m a racist. I said, ‘How can I be a racist, I just picked Arsenio Hall.
After Sununu said “Donald Trump is wrong” about Obama’s being born outside the United States, CNN’s O’Brien said it might be the first time she had heard someone in the Romney campaign say as much.
“No it isn’t,” Sununu shot back. “It’s just because you don’t read enough… [CNN has] a fixation. You did it last night with Wolf Blitzer, and you opened the show today with Donald Trump.”
Recently, Berinsky [YouGov’s Adam Berinsky] polled the question again, focusing on Republicans to see if their attitudes have changed in ten months since the president released his birth certificate. Far from getting better, Republicans have actually doubled-down on the belief that Obama is foreign born:
There even continues to be a pretty strong birther strain in Iowa. 48% of Republican voters believe Barack Obama was born in the United States but 32% still do not.
32% of Iowa Republicans are still birthers. Perry leads Romney by 12 points with them