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Dalia Sussman and Marina Stefan report on "birther" questions from the latest CBS/New York Times poll.

Gallup finds narrowest party affiliation since 2005.

National Journal's political insiders split on party lines over whether Crist should run as an independent.

Frank Newport looks at public opinion on Wall Street reform.

Congressional Republicans insist their financial reform talking point didn't come from Frank Luntz; Democracy Corps finds it isn't an effective message anyway.

Democracy Corps (D) releases a poll on the economy for Citizen Opinion.

Anthony Wells reports on two more UK post-debate poll and a poll in marginal districts.

Allegheny College releases poll data on civility in American politics.

Marist respondents oppose replacing Grant with Reagan on the $50 bill.

A presidential candidate in the Philippines sues pollsters over "outdated and fraudulent survey methods," and using his name without his permission.

Eagereyes shares potential benefits from "chart junk" (via Lundry)

 

Comments
Ptolemy:

Talk about malpractice! Sussman and Stefan write: "President Obama was born in Hawaii on Aug. 4, 1961. A scanned image of his birth certificate released during the 2008 presidential campaign says he was..."

The implication is that the 1961 certificate was released, when it was instead a 2007 certification. Why has Obama hidden the 1961 document? The Times follow-up shows that the birth question is actually a proxy for whether people trust Obama or not, and secrecy does not engender trust.

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Westwoodnc Westwoodnc:

"Gallup finds narrowest party affiliation since 2005."

Here comes the Obamacare BOUNCE!! LOL!

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Aaron_in_TX:

Ptolemy, please. It seems to me that he could show video of his birth in Hawaii and people would still complain about that birth certificate. It reminds me of the conspiracy theory that Bill Clinton had Ron Brown murdered.

Obama is right to not give legitimacy to these conspiracy theorists when he produced his birth certificate in 2008, fully vouched for by the republican governor of Hawaii.

There are a bunch of reasons the original might not be available. If you ever do genealogical research you'll discover that.

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Aaron_in_TX:

It's amazing to me that you complain about secrecy when the Bush administration was one of the most secretive ever.

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Field Marshal:

Obama is against the Arizona Immigration law because he can no longer travel to AZ for fear the police might ask for a birth certificate and proof he's an American citizen. LOL.

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hoosier_gary:

"It's amazing to me that you complain about secrecy when the Bush administration was one of the most secretive ever."

Not any more. Yet another historical first for Obama. He makes the Nixon administration look like a bunch of blabbermouths.

The birth issue? Like I said before, this is an Obama campaign to keep this issue alive. He hasn't even ever commented about why his grandmother (his African one - not his American one) thinks he was born in Kenya. He wants this kept alive or he would have made a simple statement about it 2 years ago.

The bigger issue is that if you can't trust him on anything he says, why would you believe him on this? He has zero trust with 50% of this country.

Even still, only 20% question his birthplace. That is low considering that more than that think he lies about everything.

What percentage of people are 9-11 "truthers"? The Obama birthplace issue is 2 years old and the number of birthers has dropped to 20%. It's been 8 years since 9-11 and I think the number of truthers is still growing. Ahmadinejad even joined the movement recently. Hugo Chavez is a long-time truther member too.

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Aaron_in_TX:

"He makes the Nixon administration look like a bunch of blabbermouths."

Are you seriously comparing the birth certificate issue to Watergate?

"The bigger issue is that if you can't trust him on anything he says, why would you believe him on this? He has zero trust with 50% of this country."

What is the Obama admin so secretive about?

Bush lied about WMD in Iraq and Saddam's connections to 9-11. We were going to get treated as liberators. Clinton used to lie to cover up his lies. Don't even get me started on Reagan and Iran-Contra. But I guess all that isn't as egregious a lie as "32 million people lack health insurance."

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