More Republicans Think Ted Cruz Was Born In U.S. Than Those Who Think Obama Was

With the addition of Donald Trump to the 2016 presidential race, it seems that Republicans, at least the bottom half of them, are becoming dumber. It’s been eight years and Republicans still don’t know that A) President Obama was born in the U.S., and B) he’s not a Muslim.

A Public Policy poll revealed that even though President Obama is not running for any office, the mythology surrounding him hasn’t died down in the least. According to the poll, 54 percent of Republicans think Obama is a Muslim and 14 percent think he’s Christian. If they support Trump, that number soars to 66 percent and only 12 percent believe Obama is Christian. Only 21 percent of Trump supporters think Obama was born in the United States, with 61 percent convinced he wasn’t.

Trump’s supporters aren’t alone in those attitudes though. Only among supporters of John Kasich (58/13), Jeb Bush (56/18), Chris Christie (59/33), and Marco Rubio (42/30) are there more people who think President Obama was born in the United States than that he wasn’t. And when you look at whose supporters are more inclined to think that the President is a Christian than a Muslim the list shrinks to just Christie (55/29), Kasich (41/22), and Bush (29/22). Bush’s inability to appeal to the kind of people who hold these beliefs is what’s keeping him from succeeding in the race- his overall favorability is 39/42, and with voters identifying themselves as ‘very conservative’ it’s all the way down at 33/48.

Source: Public Policy Polling

With the exception of the higher numbers for Trump followers, these numbers pretty much mirror findings from a Washington Post poll a few months ago.

Perhaps the most ridiculous part of this poll is that Republicans are more likely to think that Ted Cruz, who was born in Canada, was born in the United States, with 40 percent compared to Obama’s 29 percent. For the record, Obama was born in Hawaii, which became a state in 1959 – two years before baby Barack Obama was born.

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