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Only 9 Percent of Utah Doubts Obama’s Citizenship

Some good news on the birther front: a Deseret News/KSL-TV poll finds that only 9 percent of Utahns (13 percent of Republicans) don’t believe the president

Jul 31, 2020
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Some good news on the “birther” front: a Deseret News/KSL-TV pollfinds that only 9 percent of Utahns (13 percent of Republicans) “don’t believe the president was born in the United States.” The biggest population of Obama doubters in the Beehive state? Conservatives, 18 percent of whom believe Obama was born outside the United States, having not been informedby James Kirchick that this whole conspiracy theory is being pushed by liberals.
So why does rock-solid Republican Utah have fewer “birthers” than, the deep South, or even fewer than blue Virginia and North Carolina? A lack of racial polarization has something to do with it. Utah, like the rest of the great plains and western states, got bluer in 2008 despite overall McCain victories and despite having a very, very white population. In Utah, Obama got327,670 votesin 2008, up from the241,199 votesthat Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) got in 2004. For the first time since 1964, the Democratic candidate for president actually carried Salt Lake County. This happened with31 percent of Utah whitesbacking Obama. Not even close to a winning margin; but in Louisiana, for example, Obama only won 14 percentof the white vote.
Dexter Cooke

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Dexter Cooke is an economist, marketing strategist, and orthopedic surgeon with over 20 years of experience crafting compelling narratives that resonate worldwide. He holds a Journalism degree from Columbia University, an Economics background from Yale University, and a medical degree with a postdoctoral fellowship in orthopedic medicine from the Medical University of South Carolina. Dexter’s insights into media, economics, and marketing shine through his prolific contributions to respected publications and advisory roles for influential organizations. As an orthopedic surgeon specializing in minimally invasive knee replacement surgery and laparoscopic procedures, Dexter prioritizes patient care above all. Outside his professional pursuits, Dexter enjoys collecting vintage watches, studying ancient civilizations, learning about astronomy, and participating in charity runs.
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