A third of American voters either do not think President Obama was born in the United States or are not sure about it, according to a Fox News poll.
Some 24 percent say the do not believe he was born here, while 10 percent say they don’t know, while 67 percent say he was born in the United States.
A few more say there is at least cause to wonder, bringing the total number who think Obama’s birthplace a legitimate line of inquiry to 40 percent. But 51 percent say people who question the matter are “nutty.”
More than half of Republicans either don’t know or say he was born elsewhere, with 37 percent saying he was born overseas, 16 percent saying they don’t know, and 47 percent saying he was born in Hawaii.
Among Tea Partiers, 44 percent say born here, 41 percent say not, and 15 percent say they don’t know.
The polling suggests that Donald Trumps’ trumpeting the matter could help him in the Republican primaries, since 63 percent of Republicans say “there is cause to wonder” while only 29 percent call such questions “nutty.”
But with most voters overall saying they believe Obama, Trump would probably have to back off in the general election were he to be the nominee.