Over the course of this year, I have been following the “Birther” controversy. Barack Obama continues to be plagued by rumors that he is not a natural-born citizen of the United States and, as a result, is not eligible to serve as president. These rumors have shown surprising resilience among ...
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Throughout the year, I have been tracking beliefs about President Obama’s citizenship (see here and here). From September 15-17, 2012, YouGov again surveyed 1000 Americans and asked whether “Barack Obama was born in the United States of America.” In the table below, I present these results, alongside the polls that I ...
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Polls throughout the 2012 campaign have consistently found that women support Obama by a wide margin, prompting speculation that the gender gap could prove decisive to the election outcome.   A YouGov poll of 1000 Americans this week finds that Obama leads Romney (51% to 41%) among women, whereas the candidates ...
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It is commonly assumed that Barack Obama will not benefit from as much voter enthusiasm in 2012 as his candidacy generated in 2008. And while Mitt Romney will not benefit from the enthusiasm that helped propel the Republicans to historic victories in the 2010 midterm elections, there is some evidence ...
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Mitt Romney has stuck with his theme of attacking President Obama over "gutting" the work requirement for welfare.  In an often-aired television commercial, Romney's claims that Obama "quietly" dropped the requirement that welfare recipients find work and instead they "just send you a check". As Romney's ad loosely indicates, in ...
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One presumed cause for the near absence of foreign policy issues at last week's Republican Convention is that the party is just too divided internally. As Brian Katulis put it in the New York Times: Today’s Republicans are as divided on foreign policy as they’ve ever been, and Mr. Romney is finding it ...
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