President Barack Obama may well be hiding something about his background or early life.
At least that’s what 64 percent of Republicans — and more than a third of Americans — say in a new poll.
Thirty-six percent of the 814 registered voters adults polled Dec. 10-16 in the Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind survey said that Obama might be “hiding important information about his background and early life.”
Meanwhile, 64 percent of the GOP respondents said the president is playing things close to his vest, while 33 percent of independents concur — as do 14 percent of Democrats.
“This conspiracy theory is much more widely believed mostly because it’s been discussed so often,” said Dan Cassino, a professor of political science at Fairleigh Dickinson. “People tend to believe that where there’s smoke, there’s fire — so the more smoke they see, the more likely they are to believe that something is going on.”
Perhaps the most common conspiracy theory about President Obama is that he was not born in the United States and — therefore — is not eligible to be president. The theory has since been debunked.
Meanwhile, the survey found that 63 percent of those queried believe at least one political conspiracy theory.
Other popular theories include that the federal government knew about the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks before they occurred (25 percent) and that Obama committed voter fraud in the 2012 election (19 percent).
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