24 percent of Americans believe Obama was born outside the U.S.

Long after the question of President Obama’s birthplace should have been put to rest, a new poll shows that nearly one in four Americans believe the “birther” lunacy that the president was born outside the country. The Vanity Fair/60 Minutes poll found that 24 percent of respondents think Obama was born outside the U.S., with six percent saying he was born in Kenya, another two percent choosing Indonesia, and the remainder being unsure of his exact foreign origins:


Of course, Obama made his birth certificate available during the campaign, and the birther theory has been squashed by independent fact checkers, but a campaign by far-right publications like World Net Daily has continued to keep the rumor alive. Astoundingly, at least 11 Republican congressman endorsed the fringe theory, perhaps contributing to its perseverance.