Trump supporters shed birther beliefs: poll

Trump supporters shed birther beliefs: poll

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WASHINGTON (Talk Media News)- The number of Donald Trump supporters who incorrectly believe President Barack Obama was not born in the U.S. appears to have dropped after the Republican presidential candidate announced that he now believes Obama is a natural born citizen.

According to a Public Policy Polling survey, 41 percent of Trump supporters now correctly say that Obama was born in the U.S. while 33 percent say he was not.

The data reflects a shift from May, where a similar poll fond that 59 percent of Trump supporters believed Obama was born outside the U.S. compared to 23 percent who believe he was born in the U.S.

Trump prominently flirted with conspiracy theories surrounding Obama’s place of birth, including suggestions that his birth certificate may have been fake.

In 2011, Obama released his birth certificate, a move that Trump took credit for.

However, Trump continued to hint up until early 2016 that he was not yet fully convinced as to where Obama was born.

Trump attempted to put the issue to rest during an event at his Washington, D.C. Hotel on September 16, wherein he said Obama was born in the U.S. “period,” but declined to take follow up questions.

Trump also sought to link the birther conspiracy to Hillary Clinton both during his initial announcement and the first presidential debate Monday night.

While at least two Clinton staffers may have expressed interest in the theory in 2008, Clinton never raised the issue on the campaign trail.

The poll was conducted among 933 likely voters between September 27 and 28. The margin of error is plus or minus 3.2 percentage points.

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