38pc of Americans doubt Barack Obama was born in US, poll finds

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 23 February, 2014, 6:09am
UPDATED : Sunday, 23 February, 2014, 6:09am

Forget Chicago. Don't even think about Hawaii. Twelve per cent of the American populace, according to a recent YouGov-Economist poll, think that President Barack Obama's future library should end up in Kenya, somewhere in Africa or "someplace else".

What started off as a fairly standard national gut check on the location of the Obama collection wound up swerving into the dark, ugly world of Birtherism.

"We've asked about where people think Obama was born several times over the past few years," explained the chief scientist at YouGov, Doug Rivers. "Most recently, we asked about where the Obama presidential library should be located.

"We offered options such as Illinois and Hawaii, but also an open-ended text box, in which 87 people [nearly 9 per cent of the sample] said 'Kenya', which caused us to re-ask the question about where Obama was born in another poll a few days later."

As YouGov put it, 38 per cent of US citizens doubt that the president was born in the United States. That's nearly four out of every 10 folks still harbouring a view of their president as somewhat alien. Some of them concede it is possible he had a native birth, but 15 per cent "know for sure" that he did not.